Shoe Fits Well for Cardinals First-Round Pick

Chris Wells (Matthew Stockman/Getty)

Much to Drew Rosenhaus chagrin, Anquan Boldin remains a Cardinal at the end of round one. The Cardinals stayed with their No. 31 pick and got lucky for the second consecutive year, picking up a player who was expected to go higher in the first round. Ohio State RB Chris "Beanie" Wells is the newest member of the Cardinals organization.

The Arizona Cardinals remained true to the Super Bowl runner-up picking position in the first round of the NFL Draft and came up with Ohio State RB Chris "Beanie" Wells who they've had their eyes on all offseason.

The Cardinals brought Wells in for a private visit prior to the draft.

Injuries were a concern surrounding Wells, which kept him available until the second to last pick of the first round.

Wells brings a risk-reward scenario to Arizona because of a laundry list of injuries, but his agent says Wells is good-to-go.

Wells suffered many nagging injuries in his college career, but he boasts great instincts and despite being a bigger back, 6'1", 235, he is very elusive. The shoe fits for Wells in Arizona. He has the ability to play as a featured back for the Cardinals or in a two-back system with Tim Hightower.

Wells will bring explosion at the line of scrimmage and an in dismissible stiff arm. After finishing last in the league in rushing yards, he will help get Arizona's ground game up and running. Although the Cardinals improved their rushing game in the postseason, there is much work to be done.


Chris Wells

The Cardinals were looking for a guy that has a combination of a bruiser, an inside runner and a speed outside guy.

The main component that brought Wells to Arizona is that he will add versatility to an offense that features a very good quarterback and outstanding receivers.

Drafting a running back in the first round puts Edgerrin James in a no-win situation. James, who will enter his 11th season, wanted the opportunity to play out his career with an organization where he would be the primary ball-carrier. His best chance of being able to do that would have been a release before the draft.

The Cardinals were in a wait and see situation with James. General Manager Rod Graves said the Cardinals will evaluate their draft and where they are as a team to make decisions about James in the upcoming week.

"I still believe Edge is a productive running back and was a big part of our success last year," Graves said. "We would certainly want to feel like we are in a position where we've improved enough to move forward before making any decision."

Scout.com's Chris Steuber's take:

Wells is a big back who has the ability to break free in the open field. He has great vision and displays patience when identifying a hole to attack. He sets up defenders nicely using his deceptive shiftiness and features a strong stiff arm to pick up tough yards. He has the ability to carry the load and take over a game. Durability is an issue, but when healthy, he's one of the premier players in the nation.

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