Ohio State Football

Chris Wells: Beanie's Not a Bust Just Yet

TEMPE, AZ - MAY 2 :  Chris Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals runs a drill during a team minicamp at the team training facility on May 2, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Willey/Getty Images)
Kyle StrittholtCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2009

In Chris "Beanie" Wells's three years at Ohio State he ran for 3,382 yards and 30 touchdowns.

His sophomore season, his best, he rushed for 1,609 yards, which was more than any other sophomore that went to Ohio State.

Throughout his career, he had a few injuries that cost him some playing time, the big one being last season when he injured his foot in the Buckeyes season opener against Youngstown State.

It affected the whole Ohio State team because he was injured during the most important game of the season against USC.  In that game, the Buckeyes were crushed 35-3.

The game before USC, Ohio University went neck-and-neck with the Buckeyes, and Ohio State was lucky that they were not upset.

Wells still finished the season with nearly 1,200 yards, but his draft stock took a hit  from the injuries, and a player that should have been a top 10 pick fell to the Cardinals at 31.

The Cardinals felt really great about having such a rare and talented back as Wells, but in his first training camp, Wells walked off the field with a sprained ankle.

Though it doesn't appear to be serious, with a guy who was such an injury risk in the draft it does have people wondering.

I don't think it will be much of a problem as Beanie Wells has made it through worse injuries, and I think that he has the potential to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Wells just needs to try a lot harder to stay healthy and on the field where he will do a lot of damage to teams.

Even with an injured foot, Wells still rushed for 1,197 yards and that was in the 10 games that he did play this season.

Wells is arguably the best back drafted, and it's because of everything he brings to the table.  He's a bruiser for linebackers and lineman, and he has the speed and burst on the outside to make all the defenders stand in his cloud of dust.

Watching Ohio State's games, you knew it was just a matter of time before Wells would burst out for a 30-40 yard gain.

He has lost some weight before training camp, but I expect that only to make him quicker which will be a problem for some teams that the Cardinals face.

Last season Kurt Warner carried this team on his back, but this season, I think that Wells can take some of that load off and this team is a Super Bowl caliber team once again.

It is way too early too call Wells a bust, and hopefully he proves his worth on the field,  making this Cardinals team unstoppable offensively.

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