TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) " The Arizona Cardinals have selected running back Chris "Beanie" Wells of Ohio State with the 31st pick overall in the NFL draft.
The Cardinals were looking for a running back, and Wells was the last of the top three available 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.
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 wide receiver Anquan Boldin.