NFL Draft Analysis: Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State Buckeyes

by Trent Lujin on April 20, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Ohio State running back Chris Wells has decided to forgo his senior season as a Buckeye and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1 1/8, 235-pound projected first-rounder brings experience from a high profile collegiate program to go along with a rare combination of size, speed and talent.

In his three years at Ohio State, he ran for more than 3,300 yards and 30 touchdowns. During the last two seasons he rushed in excess of 2,800 yards while scoring 23 touchdowns. 

Strengths

  • A strong, thick back who runs with authority making him hard to arm tackle
  • Good quickness to the hole
  • Has a good center of gravity, runs low to the ground
  • Brutal stiff arm
  • Great vision, anticipates cutback lanes well
  • Acceleration

Weaknesses

  • Known for his inside running, not his ability to get to the outside
  • Struggles with durability - some question his toughness, too
  • Lacks natural hands for catching
  • Lacks consistent effort as a blocker
  • Needs to improve his blitz recognition in pass protection
  • Lack of true breakaway speed

Expected draft placement

Peter King, of SI.com, reports some teams are knocking Wells down their draft boards due to fear of an injured sesamoid bone in his foot. There is such a varying range of opinion as to where Wells will fall in the draft that it seems as though it is anyone's guess at this point. We feel he could go as high as No. 6 to the Cincinnati Bengals or No. 12 to the Denver Broncos, but he is more likely to go to the No. 14 New Orleans Saints or to the Houston Texans at No. 15.

The San Diego Chargers might have an interest at No. 16 as running back LaDainian Tomlinson turns 30 later this year, and tailback/special teamer Darren Sproles is an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The New York Jets might be interested in adding running back since the veteran running back Thomas Jones will be 31 this year. The Jets could scoop up Wells at No. 17.

Wells slide beyond the Browns, Jets and Chargers, the Philadelphia Eagles (21st pick) would be hard pressed to pass on the opportunity to draft the talented ex-Buckeyes running back. 

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