2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ja’Lynn Polk

  • Ja’Lynn Polk, 6-1/203
  • Wide Receiver
  • Washington

Ja’Lynn Polk Scouting Report

By Charlie Campbell


  • Well-developed route-running
  • Advanced technique
  • Tracks the ball well
  • Late hands
  • Body control
  • Tracks the ball well
  • Dangerous on 50-50 passes
  • Adept at making catches over defensive backs
  • Can make some highlight-reel catches
  • Good size, build
  • Competitive syle
  • Has some run-after-the-catch skills
  • Nose for the red zone
  • Experienced and successful against good college programs


  • Lacks mismatch speed
  • Lacks twitch
  • Could struggle to separate from NFL defensive backs in man coverage

Prospect Summary:

In 2023, Washington had a dynamic passing attack that was led by star quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and wide receiver Rome Odunze. While Odunze had a tremendous season, he wasn’t the only Huskies wideout who was impressive. Polk produced some big plays while catching 69 passes for 1,159 yards and nine touchdowns. Previously, Polk was a contributor in 2022 (41-694-6) after missing most of the 2021 season with an injury. Polk started out his collegiate career at Texas Tech before transferring to Washington.

Polk could be a solid contributor No. 2 receiver to an NFL passing attack as a possessional wideout. He possesses quality route-running technique, plus is a competitive receiver who fights for the football. Polk tracks the ball well, has late hands, and is adept at making catches over defensive backs. He has good size and is able to use his build to shield defenders from the football. After the catch, Polk is a good runner and is able to add yardage while showing some strength to break tackles. He shows some good body control along the sideline to stay in bounds while reeling in passes with close coverage. Polk is a well-rounded, and competitive wide receiver who has a nose for the end zone.

Polk is more of a secondary receiver for the next level because he lacks mismatch speed against pro corners. To go along with not being very fast, Polk is not a twitchy or explosive athlete, so he could have separation issues. The speed and twitch limitations are what make Polk more of a solid No. 2 receiver for the NFL rather than being a featured No. 1. That being said, Polk could do some real damage against zone coverage as a pro.

In the 2024 NFL Draft, Polk could end up being a second-day pick. He should not last long if he slips to Day 3.

Prospect Comparison:

Josh Reynolds. Polk is reminiscent of Reynolds. They both are solid polished receivers with good hands but lack speed. Reynolds is a capable No. 2 or 3 receiver in the NFL, and Polk could end up being a similar style of pro player.


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