Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State
|28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina Panthers)|
Reasons for drafting: "Simply put, the Eagles are in dire need of a RB. Westbrook is amazing when he's healthy, but even when healthy, he is far from a power runner. While some people say he doesn't fit the system, I'd completely disagree. I think Chris "Beanie" Wells as a tandem back with Westbrook would actually be a perfect backfield. What is the point of drafting another RB similar to the same Westbrook that couldn't get a 3rd and short or stay healthy? Not only do I know, not think, that Wells is the best PURE runner in the entire draft, but I think he has every tool required to be proficient (at worst) and able to perform what would be required of him in a two back system and an eventual featured back.
Just think about it for a second. Chris Wells is a 235 lb running back who ran a 4.38 40 yard dash and has displayed highlights that would impress Bo Jackson and Jim Brown. For all intents and purposes he's the 15 lb heavier version of Adrian Peterson. You line up Westbrook in the slot and Wells in the backfield or as split backs and tell me you still need a wide receiver with Jackson and Curtis. Power back plus receiving/scat back is one of the most dominating ways to play when you have the speed of Jackson and the arm and scrambling (McNabb can still scoot when he wants) of McNabb. Opposing teams will be surrounded by threats. And at 28, I feel like choosing the running back considered by close to a 50/50 split with Moreno as the top back is a steal."
Check out Chris Wells' scouting report at Mocking The Draft.
Also, see who the fine folks at Bleeding Green Nation took at #28 in the SB Nation Writers Mock Draft.
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