Drew Boylhart   1/09

Chris Wells   RB   Ohio St         

 

STRENGTHS

Chris is a big, strong, powerful RB with the speed to break a big play anytime during a game.  He fits a zone blocking scheme like a hand fits a glove.  He shows a good burst after he makes his cut and once he is past the line of scrimmage, he is a bear of a player for those little DB's and LB's to tackle.  If you attempt to tackle Chris, you better have good form and wrap up because, even though he runs up on his toes, he still has very good balance.  Chris has the athletic ability to be a franchise RB for the team that drafts him. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Chris still has a long way to go before he is a franchise RB, but he does have the athletic talent.  He runs in an upright position which makes him very susceptible to injuries.  He doesn't block for the blitz very well and he does not have good hands to catch the ball out of the backfield.  I also question his football intelligence.  But still, he is big, strong, powerful and fast and you have to feel that he will improve at some point and became a complete back.  One other note -- that toe injury could be chronic because he runs up on his toes like a track star.  

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

Ok, I'm willing to be the lone wolf and say Chris is not near to being a franchise RB right now.  The injuries he has right now -- toe, hamstring -- are injuries that players who do not train correctly often get.  In my opinion, there are too many good, complete RB's in this draft; Chris has a toe injury that gives me great concern on a player who runs upright and on his toes.  If his toe and hamstrings are not healed by the combine, I think you will see Chris drop far out of the top ten picks (his current projected range).  He has first round talent and speed to impact, but these injuries and his lack of being a complete back make me question where he fits in the first round.  Chris is a boom or bust player because he plays upright and nagging injuries may always be a problem.  I guess I have to be the lone wolf once again.