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Jahvid Best (RB)
  • Height:
    5'10"
  • Weight:
    199 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 in.
  • College:
    California
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: Detroit Lions
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 30 (30)
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Pick Analysis: The Lions pick up the ultra-explosive Jahvid Best to alleviate some of the pressure on Matthew Stafford. Best is the most instinctive runner in the draft, and his skills may flourish as the feature back in Detroit. Although his back-to-back concussions last season justifiably raise concerns, the Lions may have landed the player with the most potential to become the next CJ2K.

Overview

Best is an explosive ball carrier that has the speed to turn a missed tackle into a long touchdown run. He has been productive as a runner as well as a return specialist. He missed the final four games of the 2009 season after sustaining a concussion and sore lower back in the game against Oregon State (11/7/2009). He is a patient runner that does a good job of setting up his blocks and squeezing through small run lanes. He has an explosive burst through the hole and has enough power and leg strength to run through arm tackles but is not big, or powerful enough to move piles. He shows good balance on contact and will fight for yards.


Strengths

Best’s game is all about speed, quickness, acceleration and elusiveness making him a home run threat from the running back position. Is a high-character guy, who will compete and fight for extra yards despite size. Does a good job reading his blocks, shows patience and can find the cutback lane. Very dangerous open field runner. Exhibits solid receiving skills.

Weaknesses

Best lacks the prototypical size of an every down NFL running back. Does not have the strength to consistently break tackles or push the pile. Durability is a real concern after missing time due to various ailments throughout career. Is not a power runner. Will need to improve his blocking ability in the passing game.

Grade

7.9

 

Video Playlist

  • Best night yet

    Published: April 23, 2010 at 04:36 p.m.

    Lions first-round pick Jahvid Best gives thanks to everyone who has helped him make it to the NFL.

  • Jahvid Best arrives in NYC

    Published: April 20, 2010 at 10:18 p.m.

    RB Jahvid Best arrives in New York with his family days before the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • 2010 Draft Vignettes - Jahvid Best, California

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 01:26 p.m.

    A look at NFL draft prospect California running back Jahvid Best.

  • First Draft: Jahvid Best

    Published: April 12, 2010 at 08:47 p.m.

    Does he have the most breakaway speed in the draft? Catch Jahvid Best, if you can.

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