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Chris "Beanie" Wells is a running back for the Arizona Cardinals, who selected him 31st overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Wells spent his collegiate career at Ohio State University, where he ran for more than 1,000 yards twice in three seasons. Wells chose to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Wells is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 237 pounds.
Wells played four seasons of varsity football at Akron Garfield High School in Akron, OH, running for 5,546 yards and 56 touchdowns. During his senior season, Wells ran for 2,134 yards and 27 touchdowns, earning All-America honors. Wells was the MVP of the US Army All-America Bowl, becoming the first running back to earn that honor. He was the No. 3-ranked running back and No. 30 overall prospect in the class of 2006 by ESPN's Scouts Inc. Wells never seriously considered any school other than Ohio State.
As a true freshman, Wells was behind Antonio Pittman on the depth chart, but still saw action in all 13 games. He ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes in his Ohio State debut against Northern Illinois. He was held out of the end zone in the next five games, but then scored a touchdown in six straight games to end the regular season. He finished the season with 576 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
With Pittman gone to the NFL in 2007, Wells became the starter and immediately stepped up his production. After being held to 46 yards in the season opener against Youngstown State, Wells ran for at least 100 yards in four straight games. He set a career high with 221 rushing yards against Michigan State, then topped that with 222 yards and two touchdowns in the regular-season finale against Michigan. Ohio State earned its second straight BCS National Championship Game berth. The Buckeyes lost to LSU, but Wells finished with 146 yards and a touchdown in the game. He was voted Ohio State's team MVP and was a first team All-Big Ten selection. His 1,609 rushing yards were the fourth-highest single-season total in Ohio State history.
Wells was expected to be a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2008, but he suffered a foot injury on his final carry in the season opener against Youngstown State. He missed Ohio State's next three games, returning with a 106-yard effort against Minnesota. Wells ran for at least 100 yards in seven of the nine regular season games he played in 2008. He finished the regular season with 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite missing three games, he was once again voted as the Buckeyes team MVP. He capped off his college career by rushing for 106 yards on 16 attempts in Ohio State's loss to Texas in the Fiesta Bowl.
Wells was selected in the first round (31st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Two days after the start of training camp, Wells signed a five-year/$11.8M contract with $6.345M in guaranteed money. During his first practice with the Cardinals, Wells suffered a sprained ankle. He recovered in time to play in the preseason, and made his official NFL debut in Week 1 of the 2009 season against the San Francisco 49ers. Wells rushed for his first career touchdown in Week 7 against the New York Giants. In Week 15, Wells rushed 17 times for 110 yards, his first career 100-yard game. He finished the 2009 regular season with 793 yards on 176 rushes. His 793 yards were the most by a Cardinals rookie since Ronald Moore in 1993.
Wells is the son of James and Paulette Wells. He's one of 11 children in his family. Wells was given his nickname "Beanie" by his family. According to Wells, he got the nickname as an infant because one of his brothers said he had a "bean head".
Maybe Chris Wells is worth a first-round pick. There have been six RBs from Ohio State taken in the first round. The last three have played at least 8 seasons (Keith Byars, Robert Smith and Eddie George) and were selected to 7 combined Pro Bowls. Here's the average NFL career for an Ohio State RB drafted in the first round:
Ohio State RBs Drafted in 1st Round - Common Draft Era (since 1967)
FROM THE ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Beanie Wells announced on Thursday that he will skip his senior season and make himself eligible in the 2009 NFL draft. Since 1997, there have been 19 players from Ohio State selected in the first round, but none of them were running backs. The last Buckeye running back taken in the first round of the NFL draft was Eddie George in 1996.
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