Chris Wells: Worth the Risk

Kyle StrittholtCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2009

Chris “Beanie” Wells comes to the NFL Combine with questions about him as a player. Not really about his character, but his ability to stay healthy. The main thing that scouts want to find out is if he’s worth the money.


Wells doesn’t disappoint running the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds. That may not be that fast to some people, but Wells is 6’1" weighing 237 pounds, that’s phenomenal.


Does the stat prove that Wells is indeed worth the chance?


It doesn’t prove that he is, but look at his play from his career at Ohio State.


He came into Columbus being arguably the best recruit in the nation, the MVP of the Army All-American Bowl game, and wanting to be the best.


His first year he split carries with Antonio Pittman, but was still productive gaining 576 yards that year with over five yards per gain average.


His most memorable moment his freshman year was his 52 yard dash against Michigan to help them win the number one vs. number two battle. 


Wells biggest and most productive year was in 2007. He had 1609 rushing yards in the season and led his team to the National Championship against LSU. He rushed for over 100 yards in nine games in his junior season, and averaged close to six yards a carry.

He made the best of the defenses look mediocre having his best games against Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and LSU.


In his senior season he battled a foot injury. It held him out of the most important game of the year against USC. He was out for three games in the season.


In the games he did play in though, he rushed for over 100 yards for all but two of the games he played. He ran for 106 yards, mostly in the first half, against the number two defense of the nation of Texas.


Beanie’s career is a highlight reel. He has great speed, tremendous size, and an amazing stiff arm.


He has battled with injuries to his legs, but even being out for so long he was still one of the most productive backs.


Javon Ringer gained so many yards because he had 40 carries in a game.


Wells don’t need the ball that many times to be just as productive.


Chris Wells is the best Running Back in this year’s draft. He has more right with him, than wrong with him.


I say Wells is a potential top 10 pick. If the Browns and Bengals were smart they would pick him up. I see him as a perfect fit for the AFC North.


He is a Back that teams hate to go against because he’s strong and fast enough to get through the front line and people have seen plenty of times when he throws safeties and corners down to the dirt.


I believe Wells can make production right off the bat, and if he clears the physical he is well worth the risk.