On the Clock is going to be a new series of articles that examines players that are knocking on the door of being labeled a bust. Basically, these players are on the clock and its time to act because time is running out for them to capitalize on their potential.
Player: Beanie Wells
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Running Back
Draft History: 2009 NFL Draft, No. 31 overall
Thoughts: Recently, the Cardinals have been known for a wide open offense that features multiple receiver sets. However, Coach Whisenhunt continues to work towards balancing the offense and that begins with the running game. In the 2009 draft, Arizona went with the talented running back out of Ohio State, Beanie Wells.
Wells entered the draft as a hot prospect with some injury concerns. However, when healthy he showed that he could be an every down back with the power to gain yards after contact. Wells was part of a potent Ohio State offense and a major part of their success. He was productive over several years making him a trusted prospect. The question marks on Wells were his injury history and lack of top end speed.
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This year appears to be a make or break year for Beanie Wells. The Cardinals traded away Tim Hightower but also drafted Ryan Williams in the 2nd round. Wells will face tough competition from Williams and very well could start the season as the backup. However, if Wells can remain healthy and cash in on some of the promise he showed earning carries won't be a problem.
Wells has not been as productive as the Cardinals want and his high yardage total from last year was only 75 yards. However, many will link the poor performances to the offensive line but the only thing that matters is production. His career 3.4 yards per carry needs to be improved and Wells needs to do more with his opportunities.
Ultimately, Wells is on the clock because he hasn't produced and faces a real threat in Ryan Williams. If Wells wants to live up to his 1st round status then he needs to remain healthy and produce.