Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells could be high-stepping into the end zone in a Seattle Seahawks uniform in 2009 (Lui Kit Wong, The News Tribune).
Speed to burn
Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells has it. But will NFL teams overlook some of Wells' inconsistent performances in college and draft him on his potential to be a great runner in the league?
The Seattle Seahawks are looking for a running back to add to their stable of runners, including Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett and Justin Forsett. But the first round may be to high for Seattle to take someone like Wells.
However, the speedy Ohio State product would be a good fit in the Seahawks new zone blocking scheme, which requires backs to make one cut and get up field quick.
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, breaks down the running backs Seattle might take a look at in this year's draft.
Round Pick Name
1 4 Chris "Beanie" Wells, 6-1, 235, Ohio State
Rob's rationale: The anti-Ruskell pick. Similar ability and inconsistency as Kansas City star Larry Johnson. Highlights.
2 37 Donald Brown, 5-10, 210, Connecticut
Rob's rationale: Comparable build and versatility to Tiki Barber. Led nation with 2,083 rushing yards in 2008. Highlights.
3 68 Shonn Greene, 5-11, 227, Iowa
Rob's rationale: One year wonder was the only back to rush for over 100 yards in every game last year. Highlights.
4 105 Javon Ringer, 5-09, 205, Michigan State
Rob's rationale: Showed great toughness last year, averaging 30 touches a game despite a torn meniscus in his knee. Highlights.
5 137 James Davis, 5-11, 218, Clemson
Rob's rationale: Suffered through a disappointing 2008 season, but could surprise. Highlights.
6 178 Arian Foster, 6-1, 215, Tennessee
Rob's rationale: He's big and productive enough to consider as a late-round pick. Highlights.
7 213 Devin Moore, 5-10, 187, Wyoming
Rob's rationale: Speedy back led Cowboys to an upset at Tennessee. Highlights.