Chris Wells Scouting Report
|School:||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Height & Weight:||6'1 - 237 lbs.|
2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State
Chris "Beanie" Wells is an elite running back prospect. Former Ohio State great Archie Griffin recently said that he thinks Wells is the closest thing he's ever seen to Jim Brown. This may a bit of a stretch this early in Beanie's career, but he has a chance to be something special. Wells is the most physically gifted running back in this class. At 6'1" and 237 pounds, Wells still reportedly runs the 40 yard dash in the 4.4 second range. He has a tendency to take a play off now and again by not hitting the hole at full speed. This is an issue that will be resolved quickly in the NFL, when he realizes defenses are just too good not to get into the hole fast. There may also be a few GMs that are worried about his hands. Wells has only caught 15 passes in his career at Ohio State for 84 yards. He doesn't appear to have bad hands on film, just very untested ones (which could limit him to being a two down back in the pros). Even with some small flaws in his game, it's hard to argue with his production rushing the football. In 33 games during his short collegiate career, Wells rushed for 3382 yards and had 30 touchdown runs. Wells' running style will translate nicely to the pros, because he runs with tremendous power and shakes off the first tackle in most instances. He also has the speed to get to the outside, and makes beautiful cutbacks while he runs. The foot injury that kept Wells out of 3 and a half games seems to have healed just fine, and should keep his stock from dropping in most scouts' eyes. The only thing that will keep Wells out of the top ten is the lack of need at running back by many of the teams that will be selecting at the top of the draft. Chris "Beanie" Wells will likely be drafted between the 12th and 24th picks in the first round. Chris Wells solidified his first round status at the NFL Combine. His 40 time was slower than expected, but still a very respectable 4.59 seconds. He also showed off good strength and athleticism during the vertical leap, broad jump, and bench press. Wells is likely to be the first back taken this year. "Beanie" Wells once again lowered his 40 yard dash time to an impressive 4.46 seconds at his Pro Day workout. Wells has established himself as the top running back available this year, and should be selected by the middle of round one.
Last Updated 2009-04-17T05:23-06:00 by Randall Weida