Commentary

FBO: New names in NFC West

Taking a hard look at changes for the Cardinals, Rams, 49ers and Seahawks

Originally Published: April 30, 2009
By Ben Riley | Football Outsiders
Football Outsiders analyzes the draft choices, trades and free-agent signings for all 32 NFL teams. FO already has analyzed the NFC East and NFC North. Friday: the NFC South.

Arizona Cardinals
[+] EnlargeChris Wells
Matthew Emmons/US PresswireBeanie Wells fills the Cards biggest need -- and quite a large uniform.
Looking to fill their biggest need, the Cardinals selected Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells with the 31st overall pick (the nickname refers to Wells' bean-shaped head at birth). Interestingly, there are rumors that Arizona preferred Donald Brown of Connecticut, but he was nabbed by the Colts four picks earlier. In any event, Wells is a powerful runner who can move the pile, but he has a lot of wear on his tires. Over the past two years, he's suffered the following injuries: left ankle sprain, right wrist sprain, thumb fracture, right foot sprain, turf toe, hamstring strain, concussion. Not exactly confidence inspiring, is it?


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