2011 NFL Draft Results: Ryan Williams to Arizona Signal End of Beanie Wells Era?

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 04:  Ryan Williams #34 of the Virginia Tech Hokies against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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2011 NFL Draft Results Says Ryan Williams to Arizona Cardinals Signals End of Beanie Wells Era?

The Arizona Cardinals made a splash on Day 1 with Patrick Peterson at No. 5 and they seem to be setting a trend of taking the best available player. 

As the second round rolls through the Cardinals were on the clock with needs at pass rusher, wide receive and wide receiver.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt has gotten away from what he normals plays with in terms of a running game in recent years.

Now, with no quarterback in sight (although they apparently "have an understanding" with Marc Bulger), the running game is more important than ever. 

The NFL draft board just saw a pass rusher come off the board, but Akeem Ayers was still there.

Whisenhunt, taking a page out of the old Steelers book, decided Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams was the perfect fit for this team right now.

Williams left Va. Tech at just the right time and rode it into a high second-round pick position.

He's not going to run away from anyone, but his 10-yard time is great, he has great vision and balance and is always falling forward for yards.

Williams joins a backfield with Beanie Wells as Tim Hightower is not expected to return.

I don't expect this to hurt Wells at all.

On the contrary, I think this could help him immediately.

Williams and Wells together, likely with a veteran signal caller, should be good compliments for one another and there is no reason to believe the Wells will be unhappy with this.