Chris Wells RB Ohio State #28

Ht: 6'1
Wt: 237

Has all the tools to be an elite running back in the NFL. A rare running back with the size to run through defenders and the speed to take it the distance. Straight-line speed is average for a running back, but impressive for a guy his size. Shows unheard-of athletic ability for a running back over 225 pounds. Excellent quickness and agility. Rarely goes down on first contact. Performed at his best on the big stage (see all three games vs Michigan and national title game vs LSU).
Durability is a major concern. Missed three games with a foot/toe injury in 2008 and was taken out of the 2009 Fiesta Bowl with concussion-like symptoms. Banged up a few times in 2007 and missed parts of games but never a full contest. Not much of a receiver out of the backfield; lacks the hands to excel in that area of the game.
Physically, Wells has the most impressive blend of size and speed since Jamal Lewis entered the draft out of Tennessee in 2000. A more recent comparison is Adrian Peterson plus 20 pounds. However, the durability concern could scare off a number of teams. His foot/toe injury was all over the news prior Ohio State's game vs USC this past season and he has been portrayed as soft and some have even questioned whether or not the injury should have required Wells to miss the amount of time he did. These concerns may prove to be nothing more than a media-created issue, but it is still something scouts will need to probe before making a final judgment on Wells. If he check outs physically and impresses in his interviews, he is worthy of a top ten selection.

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