Chris Wells Scouting Report

By Michael Pierce

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Wells Chris Ohio State RB 6.9
Last Name First Name College Position Final Grade
6'1" 237 4.59
Height Weight 40 Time
Q.A.B 7.0

Quick Feet 7.0

C.O.D 7.0

Flexibility 6.5

Coordination 6.5

Wells' athletic 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.
Toughness 8.0

Clutch Play 6.5

Production 7.0

Consistency 6.5

Team Player 7.0

Pride/Quit 8.0

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.
Learn/Retain 7.0

Inst/Reaction 7.0

Concentration 6.5

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.
Body Type 9.0

Durability 5.5

Explosion 7.0

Play Strength 6.5

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.
7.0 RUN INSTINCTS Feels the hole and cutback very well 225 Reps: 25

Vertical Jump: 33.5

Broad Jump: 10'8

20 Yard Shuttle: DNP

60 Yard Shuttle: DNP

3 Cone Drill: DNP

6.0 ELUSIVENESS Can make people miss but not strong suit
6.5 CUTBACK ABILITY Reads the cutback very well and breaks the big one on backside cuts
7.0 INSIDE RUNNER Has very good power pounding it between the tackles with consistent positive gains
6.0 OUTSIDE RUNNER Has adequate speed to get to corner but most big plays to outside are on cutbacks
6.0 HANDS-RECEIVING Good hands receiving pass and pitch, not used a lot in pass offense
6.0 ADJUST TO BALL Good body control to get pass or pitch on option
7.5 R.A.C Big on runs after contact, legs don't stop moving and usually takes a couple of guys to bring him down.
6.0 RUN BLOCKER Good solid technique on engaging a block always has head up and drives CRITICAL FACTORS
6.5 PASS BLOCKER Recognizes the 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 Size: 9.0

Athleticism: 7.0

Hands: 6.5

Competes: 7.0

Play Speed: 7.0

Blocking: 6.5

5.5 DURABLE/TOUGHS Durability with injuries is a little in question but toughness is not
7.0 FUMBLE/ERRORS 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
  • - Backup/scout team

  • Individual Numerical Grade based on a 1-9 scale, 1 (not good enough for NFL) to 9 (rare quality).

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