Makai Polk

Makai Polk

Measurements
  • Height
    6030
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    31
  • Weight
    195lbs
  • Arm
    32 1/4
  • Speed
    4.59
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Dak Brown - Scout
Makai Polk
  • Overall Rank
    278
  • Position Rank
    32
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    20.9 Years
  • Team
    MISSISSIPPI ST

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2019 8 19 295 15.5 2
2020 4 17 183 10.8 1
2021 13 105 1,046 10.0 9

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Height is above the line at 6'3", the rest of his measurables are around the combine average. Long slender frame, could benefit from putting on some weight in the offseason as this will help his physicality. No reported injuries, started all 13 games last season under Mike Leach.

  • Size
    7
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    4
Grade 6.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Limited toughness, he will struggle if jammed at the line of scrimmage and can be pushed off his stem fairly easily by physical DBs. Also struggles in run blocking, both in strength and positioning and therefore cannot be trusted to seal an edge or take a defender out of the play. Instincts are above the line, he clearly understand Man vs Zone assignments and does well to find gaps to settle in Zone and make himself available for the pass. Adequate effort and motor, he doesn't give up on a play and continues to work to find areas of space to give his QB an option during scrambles.

  • Toughness
    4
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Limited explosiveness at release and limited final speed. Takes a while to accelerate to top speed and on deep routes, this isn't quick enough to trouble many defenders. Above the line footwork, with a solid collection of moves in order to throw off DBs and gain separation. Polk is able to comfortably run high angle change-of-direction routes such as curls, hooks, digs and uses his agility well in order to compensate for his lack of elite speed and stay one step ahead of his defender. Deep go routes that do not require any change of direction will be a struggle as DBs will be able to match him step-for-step. Will struggle in contested catch situations due to his limited play strength, defenders are able to successfully be physical with him and win consistently.

  • Explosiveness
    4
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    7
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    4
Grade 5.5

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Limited release due to a lack of acceleration and play strength. Struggles to get into his stem when DBs play him aggressive early. Above the line suddenness on change of direction routes, he understands how to manipulate DBs with foot-fire and hesitation steps and exploits his varied collection of moves well. Has a fairly limited route tree and again, the lack of top end speed means he is likely to find most of his success in the short and intermediate passing game. Above the line ball skills, with good vision and tracking to see the ball into his hands. He is comfortable taking catches into his chest or over the shoulder. His elusiveness gives him average YAC ability, but will be unlikely to break tackles. In the run game, he displays a limited ability to make an impact, with both a lack of strength and positioning making it difficult for him to stop a defender.

  • Ball Skills
    7
  • Suddenness
    7
  • Release
    4
  • Route Running
    6
  • Run After Catch
    5
  • Vertical threat
    4
  • Perimeter Blocking
    3
  • Return Ability
    6
Grade 5.3

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
A 3 star recruit out of Cerrito High School, California. Played his first two years of eligibility for the California Golden Bears, recording 36 receptions for 478 yards, before transferring to Mississippi State to play under Mike Leach. Had a breakout season last year with 105 receptions for 1,046 yards and 9 TDs. Polk is a receiver you can win with. He has great footwork and agility and displays a high IQ in how he reads the field and executes assignments. Doesn't possess elite speed and will struggle to make an impact on deep routes, but his combination of size, suddenness and change of direction ability can make him a threat in the short passing game, potentially as a Slot receiver. He reads coverages well, understanding Man vs Zone concepts and how he should alter his routes based on the coverage. Works hard to find space and ensure he is an option for his QB, even if his initial route is tracked well by defenders. Understands his role during QB scrambles well. He struggles if DBs are physical with him and this may be a case to bulk up during the offseason. Runs a fairly limited route tree and because of this, he will likely enter the league as a backup receiver. With time and refinement, however, he has the potential to be a solid Slot receiver or #2 option for any team in the league.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • vs LSU
  • Sep - 25 - 2021
  • 8 REC, 78 YDS, 1TD. Displayed above the line ball skills, footwork and motor to gain separation and make himself available for the ball.
  • iconWorst Game
  • vs Alabama
  • Oct - 16 - 2021
  • Frequently out-muscled at the LOS and in his stem, DBs were able to easily throw him off his path and disrupt his rhythm.
Best Trait
Change of Direction
Pro Comparison
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