NFL Draft Spotlight: Jahvid Best, RB, California

by Cory J. Bonini on April 20, 2010 @ 17:37:24 PDT

 


California running back Jahvid Best, 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, enters the 2010 NFL Draft as a junior. He is ranked in the top five at his position by most experts. He ran for a career-best 1,580 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2008.

Strengths

  • Speed: Best is quick to the edge and is tough to catch in the open field
  • Elusive running style: very athletic and shifty; excellent burst coming out of a cut; great vision for the cutback lane
  • Makes plays through the air: has caught 49 passes and five touchdowns through the air in past 21 games
  • A nose for the end zone - 32 offensive scores in the same 21-game span (27 rushing)
  • A low center of gravity allows for elite balance
  • Effective inside runner - drives against defenders better than his size suggests he should
  • Game-changing explosiveness - reaches his second gear with little effort
  • Consistent effort
    Jahvid Best, RB, California
    The "Best" RB in '10?

Weaknesses

  • Slightly undersized: 5-foot-10, 199 pounds
  • Pass protection - will need to improve significantly to be avoid being a liability at the next level
  • Needs to display a stronger ability of breaking tackles
  • Injuries - Best missed one game in 2008 (dislocated elbow) and four games in 2009 (concussion). He is still recovering from the latter injury.

Expected draft placement

It will be a major shock if Best falls out of the second round. Given a lack of emphasis on the running back position, a fairly healthy crop in this year's class and a decent group of free-agent ball carriers, Best is unlikely to be a first-round pick. His receiving skills make him a flexible, intriguing prospect, but he is probably no more than a change-of-pace or specialty back in the NFL.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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