Arizona Cardinals pick Chris 'Beanie' Wells with 31st pick

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TEMPE - With the 31st pick in the 2009 Draft the Arizona Cardinals selected Ohio State running back Chris 'Beanie' Wells.

The Cardinals were looking for a running back, and Wells was the last of the top three available left when the team made its choice. One of their potential picks, Donald Brown of Connecticut, went to Indianapolis with the No. 27 pick.

Concerns about durability led to Wells' availability so late in the first round.

Last season at Ohio State as a junior Wells rushed for 1197 yards. He averages 5.8 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns.

He missed three games after suffering a foot injury.

During his junior year he caught seven passes for 26 yards.

The selection is intended to bolster what was the worst ground game in the NFL last season. It also means the Cardinals will grant Edgerrin James his release soon.

Despite a flurry of rumors, there was no deal for Arizona's wide receiver Anquan Boldin.