Beanie Healing, Preparing For Future

Chris "Beanie" Wells did not surprise many when he opted to skip his senior year and head to the NFL. Now as he prepares for the NFL Scouting Combine, Beanie reveals his goals, his strengths and what professional scouts might see that the rest of us didn't during the past year.

With the NFL Scouting Combine right around the corner, Chris Wells knows this is a big time for him.

But seated on a metal bench on the indoor practice field at Ohio State's Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the now former Buckeye who goes by the moniker "Beanie" expressed no doubts about either his decision to pass up his senior year and enter the NFL or his ability to wow scouts once he gets to Indianapolis.

"It is exciting just to know that the time is finally here," said Wells, one of 10 former Buckeyes working out Thursday afternoon. "My goal is definitely to be the first running back taken and to have the best running back performance next week in Indy."

After a junior season that saw him rush for 1,197 yards but also saw him battle injuries, Wells has been doing extra work to get his body in the best shape possible. In addition to working out with the OSU strength and conditioning coaches, he said he is taking part in muscle activation therapy – MAT for short.

"It makes my body feel a lot stronger," he said. "Your muscles feel stronger and they feel looser. It's great. I can't really explain it because it's hard to, but it works."

Wells said he has never undergone workouts like the MAT ones, the purpose of which is both to help him prepare for the combine and move past the injuries that held him back last season.

He is not the only former Buckeyes to take part: Beanie said Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk is also a subscriber.

After initially training in Orlando with Brian Robiskie and a number of other athletes, Wells opted to shift his workouts back to OSU to train where he is most comfortable.

"You can't do any better work than where you're comfortable at, and I'm comfortable here and I feel like I'm getting everything I put into it," he said.

In addition to the therapy and the training, Wells – who lists himself as 6-1 ½, 233 pounds – has benefited from not having to play an actual football game since the first week of January. That time off has allowed him to become a player OSU fans did not get to see once he went down with a toe injury during the first game of the season.

At least, that's how Doug Davis sees it. One member of OSU's strength and conditioning staff, Davis is listed as the coordinator of strength and conditioning and is overseeing the individual workouts for players training for the combine.

"Obviously when you heal and you're not getting the ball at you 20, 25 times a game and getting beat up as a running back, you're going to heal," he said. "Beanie's pretty good right now. He's going to be ready to test well.

"You're going to see a healthy Beanie Wells and you're going to see a guy that is fresh and has had that three weeks' (recovery) time."

What that will look like will be public knowledge next weekend in Indianapolis, but Wells himself said he is looking forward to being measured and tested under the bright lights of the combine.

Asked for a ballpark estimate of what he might run in the 40-yard dash, Wells said, "I'll tell you it won't be anywhere near a 4.5. It won't be that high. It will most definitely be lower than that."

While at the combine, Wells said he plans on doing all the possible tests despite a general consensus that he is already a first-round draft pick.

"I'll do everything," he said. "I really wasn't worried about what everyone else was doing, I just knew I was going to be the type of guy to go out there and compete and show what I can do."

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