Photo of Beanie Wells
Grade
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  • 4.59 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 235LBS. Weight

Overview

Wells' size, strength, vision, balance and acceleration provides a very rare combination. Talent, however, does not necessarily translate into production, which is the dilemma facing every NFL team with an opportunity to draft Wells this April.

The top prep running back in the country, Wells signed with Ohio State and enjoyed immediate success despite sharing the workload, rushing for 576 yards and seven touchdowns despite no starts. He emerged as a dominant force a year later, earning All-American and consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors with an eye-popping 1,609 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in his first season as a starter.

A foot injury against Youngstown State robbed Wells of a chance for greater success in 2008, but he still earned second-team accolades after rushing for another 1,197 yards in only 10 games. Had an arm span of 33 5/8 inches and a hand span of 10 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Extraordinary combination of size and natural running ability. Downhill runner who attacks the line of scrimmage when running inside. Shows the patience to pick and slide laterally. Good burst to and through the hole. Despite his height, generally runs with good pad level, giving defenders little to target other than his knees and shoulder pads. Rare size and leg drive to move the pile. Rare vision and lateral quickness for a back of his size. Anticipates the cutback lanes before they appear and capitalizes on them. Surprising acceleration to break through the first wave of the defense and get to the second level. Brutal stiff-arm when in the open field to bat away defenders attempting to drag him down. Despite his size, shows good breakaway speed. Final nine touchdowns against BCS opponents traveled an average of 32 yards. Good size and strength as a pass blocker. Despite his struggles with durability, some close to the program characterize him as being a tough player willing to play through pain. Negatives: Primary concern -- and the only one that will keep him from being a top 10 pick -- is Wells' struggles with durability. Fought nagging injuries throughout much of his career at Ohio State and some have questioned whether he knows the difference between pain and injury. Sat out three full games and parts of several others (including the 2009 Fiesta Bowl -- his final game in a Buckeye uniform) with foot, hamstring and head (concussion) injuries. May lack natural hands for the reception. Has only caught 15 passes for 84 career yards and too often double-clutches. Inconsistent effort as a blocker.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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