Chris "Beanie" Wells
6-1/237 Ohio State
Pros: Has good burst through the hole and is a nice north-south runner. Has good power and leg drive and is patient. Does a great job attacking defense on the second level and destroys defensive backs. Has a killer stiff arm. Very powerful in his upper body. Has some shiftiness to make guys miss at the second level.
Cons: Not as good running inside as you'd expect, and can be tentative and hesitant to hit the hole. Can be plodding at times when he's running east-west, and changing direction is not his forte namely because of his choppy footwork. Can run high at times. Lacks experience in pass protection and not a great receiver. Durability is an issue.
Overview: He's a powerful back that is dangerous on the second level. But may not have as much success getting to the second level as he did in college on the pro level. Was nagged by injuries in both of his seasons, and the amount of contact he receives makes it so that durability will always be an issue. Nagged by ankle injury as a sophomore, had thumb surgery before junior year, and missed early time as a junior due to turf toe. As a junior (1,197 yards & 8 touchdowns) did not match sophomore production (1,607 yards & 15 touchdowns).
NFL Forecast: Wells would be a very good back in a zone blocking scheme. Behind a good line, he'll be a player similar to Brandon Jacobs. Behind a bad line, he'll still be effective, but not nearly as effective. He needs to improve as a receiver and as a blocker, and because of that won't be an every down player. May be able to develop that later on, but his contributions will be primarily on ﬁrst and second down, on the goal line and in short-yardage situations. Injuries are a legit concern and could really limit his career. He'll need to be saved by a team. While he could take the 25-carry load, he would wear down quickly. For a team looking for a 15-20 carry guy that can wear down defenses, he's your man.
ATL Forecast: Wells would be the heir apparent to Turner in the Falcons offense. He probably wouldn't get a lot of reps early on because of Turner's effectiveness. But would get some spot chances to rest Turner during the game. There probably wouldn't be enough carries for Turner, Wells, and Norwood. So Wells would be sat for a few years as he develops more, and in two or three years that's when his impact would hit. He'd likely be as productive if not more than Turner, although not as durable.
Value: Wells is a Top 10 talent, but the durability concerns and lack of versatility knock him to a mid-1st round pick.
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