Profile: Grant Polk
Location: Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte
What to like: There's a lot to like about Polk. First, I love his size. He's big and long at 6-foot-6. He looks like more of an offensive guard and primarily plays that position this past season for his high school team. Having said that, I think he has the size, length, footwork and athleticism to play right tackle at the next level.
He's big and powerful at the point of attack. Polk is also impressive on the move, as he does a nice job of pulling and trapping. He shows the ability to get out of his stance quickly and has enough athleticism and short area quickness to get around and turn. He can seal the edge or flat out just bury defenders on the move. Once Polk gets his shoulders square it's over.
He's adept at bending and shows good flexibility and balance.
What may be of concern: The main concern I have with Polk are the technical aspects of the position. He has a ways to go, as do most prospects in his shoes. I think he will really gain the most when he realizes and understands how to utilize his hands better. Polk always plays a tad high, which is understandable with a guy his size.
Overall analysis: This is a nice pickup for Virginia. I see him as an offensive lineman that can be a good, solid interior guy at guard. Polk also looks like he has the versatility and physical tools to play tackle. He has more power than athleticism and I see him more of a player at right tackle.
Polk is blessed with size, length and good, physical tools. Once he really learns how to play on the front I think he has a chance to become a very good player in the ACC for the Cavaliers.