In what could possibly be the quickest way to ever mention a potential injury, Peter King buried a sentence on former Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells in his latest MMQB that claimed teams are “scared off” by a potential foot injury. Given Wells’ injury history and the fact that many consider this to be his biggest risk, a forefoot injury would not be something to boost the draft stock of the Akron, Ohio native.
Thankfully for Wells’ wallet, it appears that these rumors are completely unfounded and that old No. 28 is ready to go.
“Beanie was examined by [orthopedic surgeon] Dr. James Andrews in January and was given a clean bill of health,” said agent Adam Heller. “There are no issues with the toe and he’s 100 percent. He rushed for 1,200 yards and has since posted the best broad jump at the combine and a 4.38 in the 40 at his pro day.”
Thinking is that some teams are starting to float rumors in the hopes that players may fall to them on draft day. With individual workouts obviously over, any team that would have concern with said rumors would not have a way to do any due diligence and may opt to avoid the risk all together.
With the way that teams have landed high-production runnings backs in the middle rounds (a la Maurice Jones-Drew), teams may choose to address other areas of need prior to adding depth to their backfield.
Wells may be one of the biggest question marks of Saturday’s draft. ESPN’s Mel Kiper pegs Wells to go 14th overall to New Orleans. Todd McShay has Wells going 16th overall to San Deigo. Scout.com’s Adam Caplan recently published a mock draft that has Wells falling all the way to 31st (Arizona), with 14th and 15th (Houston) also being possibilities.
Beanie Wells’ agent rejects reports of injury [Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer]