Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 1/8/09: #1 Junior RB, #4/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 1 in 2010
2008: Academic All-Big Ten Conference first-team and All-Big Ten second-team selection, as he started eight of ten games that he played in, missing the Ohio University, Southern California and Troy contests...Still managed to lead the team and rank third in the conference with 207 carries for 1,197 yards (5.8 avg) and eight touchdowns...Scored 48 points and caught eight passes for 47 yards (5.9 avg)...Generated 1,244 all-purpose yards, ranking seventh in the league with an average of 124.4 yards per game...Turned the ball over three times on fumbles, including one each in the Youngstown State, Minnesota and Illinois contests...Rushed for over 100 yards in eight contests...Wells started 21 of 36 games as a Buckeye, carrying 585 times for 3,382 yards (5.78 avg) and 30 touchdowns, adding 84 yards on 15 receptions (5.6 avg). He recorded two solo tackles, registered 180 points and generated 3,466 all-purpose yards, an average of 96.28 yards per game...His 3,382 yards rank fourth in school history behind Archie Griffin (5,589; 1972-75), Eddie George (3,768; 1992-95) and Tim Spencer (3,553; 1979-82)...His average of 93.94 yards per game rushing rank third in school annals, topped by Griffin (121.15 ypg) and Jim Otis (94.15 ypg, 1967-69)...Rushed for more than 100 yards 17 times during his career, tying Keith Byars (1982-85) for third on the OSU all-time record list behind Griffin (34) and George (20)...Set the school sophomore rushing record, as his 1,609 yards on the ground in 2007 rank fourth on the Buckeyes single-season record list, surpassed by George (1,927 in 1995), Byars (1,764 in 1984) and Griffin (1,695 in 1974)...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 274-1609-5.9-15; Rec: 5-21-4.2-0; 2 Sol-2 TT; Voted team Most Valuable Player … second team All-America (Rivals) … first team all-Big Ten (media, coaches, Rivals) … 1,609 yards for season with 15 touchdowns … ranks fourth among all-tim...2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 104-576-5.5-7; Rec: 2-16-8-0; Played in all 13 games as a true freshman and finished second on the team with 576 yards on 104 carries ... was named the team's outstanding first-year award on offense ... averaged 5.6 yards per rush. Goes by "Beanie," a nickname given to him by his family at a young age.
Post-Draft Outlook: BEST PICK: Beanie Wells wasn't supposed to be available at No. 31 according to most every mock draft published in recent months. The Cardinals were fortunate that Wells fell to them, because he gives them exactly what they believe they need. He's big, he's fast and should bring a big-play ability the Cardinals didn't have at running back. He should make an immediate impact. Of course, you expect that out of a first-round pick. A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 1/31 -- Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, 6-2, 235, Ohio State...The club had Connecticut's Donald Brown rated ahead of Wells, but they aren't disappointed to take Wells. He gives them a power runner who is also fast enough to break big runs. That's an element they don't have, and Wells should form a nice tandem with Tim Hightower. - by The Sports Xchange