ability is without question. He has good balance, quickness, and
agility. Wells has tremendous ability to change direction with
good quickness. Wells shows good balance when taking a hit and
finding a way to fall forward or break the tackle all together.
Wells however needs to find a lower center gravity when hitting the
hole he has a tendency to run a little up and down. Wells also
shows at times a little bit of hesitance when finding the hole.
All in all Wells has outstanding athletic ability with his agility,
quickness, speed, and balance.
Wells shows outstanding
toughness. He has played through tough injuries in both his sophomore
and junior seasons with great production. His drive and determination
on every play allows him the opportunity for success. Wells has
an extremely competitive attitude and never quits on any play.
Even if the play is to the opposite side of the field Wells is still
trying to pick up block and trying to help his teammates. Wells
at times lacks some consistency in the passing game when it comes to
running routes. He doesn't run his routes hard and committed
every time. He tends to take some plays off. When Wells
is determined there is not much in his way that is going to stop him.
Wells is an intelligent
running back who learns very well. It is obvious in his recognizing
the pass rush and understanding responsibilities on every play.
He runs hard and has an excellent feel and sight for where the hole
is. Wells has great quickness and ability to hit the backside
hole. Wells lacks concentration on pass plays especially when
he is not the primary target, it looks like he takes plays off from
time to time.
Wells has almost
the perfect body for an NFL RB. He has great strength in both
upper and lower body. His strength allows him to break a lot and
explode into the hole. Wells has developed strong stiff arm that
has been very impressive this season. His durability is a little in
question considering he has had some injuries in his career with Ohio
State and his competitiveness and toughness has allowed him to play
through them, although injuries kept him out of the crucial USC game
earlier this season. Wells at times doesn't play as strong as
I think he can, his up and down style sometimes allows him to be dropped
fairly easily in the hole.
Feels the hole
and cutback very well
20 Yard Shuttle:
60 Yard Shuttle:
3 Cone Drill:
Can make people
miss but not strong suit
Reads the cutback
very well and breaks the big one on backside cuts
Has very good
power pounding it between the tackles with consistent positive gains
Has adequate speed
to get to corner but most big plays to outside are on cutbacks
Good hands receiving
pass and pitch, not used a lot in pass offense
ADJUST TO BALL
Good body control
to get pass or pitch on option
Big on runs after
contact, legs don't stop moving and usually takes a couple of guys
to bring him down.
Good solid technique
on engaging a block always has head up and drives
blitz or where he needs to help and does a great job of stepping into
the block rather than letting them come to him. Good technique
injuries is a little in question but toughness is not
Secures ball very
strongly and doesn't fumble or make major errors a lot. Smart
player who understands ball control.
Wells' biggest strengths are
his size, athletic ability, competitiveness, running instincts, and
intelligence. Wells is a very big and strong back who can run
you over, stiff arm you to the ground, or use his speed and quickness
to run around you. He is a very competitive player who wants to
win every game and score on every play. He has a very strong instinct
for understanding what the defense is doing which allows him to feel
his way through the hole and allows him to cutback to the backside with
a lot of success. Wells is a student of the game and is committed
to being great in all areas of playing RB. He has shown good ability
in pass protection and his blocking techniques are solid.
Wells at times
shows some inconsistencies, especially in the passing game. When
called upon to run a route, if Wells is not the primary target he kind
of takes the play off and doesn't sell the route as well as he should.
Wells also has tendency to not get his pads as low as they could be
when going through the hole and it allows the defense to bring him down
easily at times. Wells has been prone to some injuries and his
durability is a little in question. Wells plays hard and strong
and has great toughness but sometimes shows some inconsistency when
running the ball. I would be a little worried about Wells' ability
to stay healthy and on the field for a 16 game NFL season against bigger
and faster defenders.
I believe with Wells' strong
running style and instincts he would be a solid running back for an
NFL franchise whose offense focuses on the run. Wells has not
shown much ability in the passing game as a receiver, but as a blocker
he does very well picking up on the rush. Wells runs hard and
has good ability to find the hole even on the backside for the cutback.
His durability is somewhat of a concern but I don't think is a big
enough concern to worry a whole lot about it. Wells has very quick
feet for his size; at 6'1� 237 he has the size to carry the ball
20 to 30 times a game effectively and has the speed to break away from
the defense. Wells' intelligence and natural running ability
makes him a great NFL prospect. He works hard to be better at
each area for a running back. He shows good technique in the blocking
game and tries to get a body on someone whether it is just a chip on
an end. Wells needs to work a little more on his pad level and
consistency when hitting the hole; I feel he could be an even more effective
back if he improves in those areas. Wells is a definitive first
round prospect and is a top-20 pick, he will make a team instantly
better at running back with whoever drafts him.
Numerical Final Grade Scale:
7.0-7.9 - Pro Bowl potential
6.5-6.9 - Highly-productive starter
6.3-6.4 - Very good starter
6.1-6.2 - Good starting player
6.0 - Very productive backup/may develop into starter
5.9 - Very good backup/special-teams player
5.8 - Quality backup/special-teams player
5.5-5.7 - Backup/project/special-teams player
126.96.36.199 - Backup/scout team
Individual Numerical Grade based on a 1-9 scale, 1 (not good enough for NFL) to 9 (rare quality).