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Old 02-28-2010   #1
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What is the reason that no one is really talking about this guy being a Texan? He ended up running a better time than CJ Spiller. The guy is blazing fast and had pretty much the same numbers in yards and Td's as CJ in college. He did have that severe concussion but the guy is still a playmaker. I think Spiller will be gone by our pick. So can any draft expert here tell me the difference between the two?
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What is the reason that no one is really talking about this guy being a Texan? He ended up running a better time than CJ Spiller. The guy is blazing fast and had pretty much the same numbers in yards and Td's as CJ in college. He did have that severe concussion but the guy is still a playmaker. I think Spiller will be gone by our pick. So can any draft expert here tell me the difference between the two?
1. The concussion happened in November, so it was somewhat recent. Add in the fact that once a person sustains a concussion the likelihood of subsequent concussions increases exponentially.

2. He is a running back. By definition the position tends to have a short shelf life. Now you have a guy playing running back that has suffered a concussion. That will be a definite red flag. If he was playing at a position like OT or DE where concussions are not as frequent, that would be one thing. But he is playing the position that gets hit numerous times a game.

3. He is not great in pass protection. This is a HUGE component of the Kubiak offense. All backs have to be able to hold onto the ball and pass protect. Best (and Spiller) are not feature backs and I think a first round pick should be able to get on the field and get a lot of snaps. Neither of those two will.

So based on his concussion, the position he plays, and his poor pass protection I say no thanks to Mr. Best.
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What awtysst said. Best is a complimentary player, not a feature RB. Everbody already knew he was fast. What we don't know is if he can pass block or if his body can hold up to NFL hits.
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here you go, enjoy! http://draftnasty.com/videos/draftna...b-jahvid-best/
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California's Jahvid Best turned in the top 40-yard dash time among running backs at 4.35 seconds (official) and looked impressive during drills. He showed great lateral quickness and was natural catching the football. Best remains a fringe first-rounder because his aggressive running style only increases concerns about his durability, but his performance in Indy certainly helps his cause.
The last thing we need is another RB who has big durability concerns.
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1. Closest Chris Johnson clone?
Although Clemson's C.J. Spiller naturally comes to mind due to his exceptional speed and explosiveness, Cal's Jahvid Best is the runner who most resembles Titans 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson.

Best is a dynamic runner with outstanding speed, quickness and vision. He has the burst and quickness to get to the corner, but also flashes the instincts and cutback ability to attack as a downhill runner. Best's patience to the line of scrimmage is extraordinary for a fast guy, and his burst to the second level makes him a threat to take it the distance at any time.

(While Spiller's track exploits are roundly touted, it should be noted that Best was California's state 100-meter champion as a high school senior with a time of 10.31, and also has recorded a 20.65 in the 200 meters.)

Best was widely considered the best runner in college football last season until a series of concussions derailed his junior season after only nine games. At the time of his injury, he had recorded five 100-yard games and was averaging a robust 6.1 yards per carry. This came on the heels of his sensational sophomore season, when he rushed for 1,580 yards with eight 100-yard games, including four games with 200 or more rushing yards. Not that statistics are an indicator of future success, but Best's outstanding production is noteworthy when considering his big-play ability.

(For comparison's sake, Spiller has tallied 11 100-yard games in his career, but five of those occurred during his freshman season.)

While Spiller is flying up the charts as teams are looking for the next CJ2K, scouts would be wise to take a closer look at Best.
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This part scares me off a bit.
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