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I was wondering around PFT and noticed this article

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Per McGinn, an unnamed scout said that Best remains concerned about a history of concussions.

Yeah, he's worried about it," said the scout, who has spoken to Best. "Plus, he has a muscle going down from his neck to his leg that bothers him. That's my reservation on Best. He's coming in all beat up."

And if a guy is emerging from the college game "all beat up," there's a chance he won't last too long when he's getting beat up by grown men.


That does not sound good for a future NFL RB.
In my book he just dropped 2 rounds; at least.


April 18th, 2010, 11:55 am
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I was wondering around PFT and noticed this article

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Per McGinn, an unnamed scout said that Best remains concerned about a history of concussions.

Yeah, he's worried about it," said the scout, who has spoken to Best. "Plus, he has a muscle going down from his neck to his leg that bothers him. That's my reservation on Best. He's coming in all beat up."

And if a guy is emerging from the college game "all beat up," there's a chance he won't last too long when he's getting beat up by grown men.


That does not sound good for a future NFL RB.
In my book he just dropped 2 rounds; at least.


If I'm a coach or GM, I do a thorough investigation into this. If it's true, he drops off my board entirely.


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Keep in mind that this sort of thing happens every year at this time. While some of it is true, most of it is generated by teams or agents hoping that a particular player drops. In the teams' case, they want teams selecting ahead of them to be scared off so that player could fall to their draft position. As for the agents, they want their clients at the same position to move ahead of that player so they can get a better contract. Ever notice how these things come out just days prior to the draft? It leaves very little time for teams to verify the reports and some may just drop the player down or off their boards without getting confirmation.

I'm not saying that the report isn't true because it possibly could be. I'm just very leery about anything that leaks out at this time because of other motivations. Take everything you hear between now and the draft with a grain of salt.

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I'm with Sly on this one. I do think he probably has some lingering effects from that crushing blow he took, but it's likely it's being exaggerated. I wonder how his physical at the combine went. If there were some problems the teams were aware of it. Do the players under go physicals when they come in for a pre-draft visit?

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Lions shouldn't be worried about rumors concerning Jahvid Best
By Tom Kowalski
April 20, 2010, 2:30PM
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California's Jahvid Best runs a drill at the 2010 NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. The running back is rumored to have lingering health issues, but one source says teams interested in drafting Best are probably just creating a smokescreen so that he falls to them.
ALLEN PARK -- As we all know, this is the silly season and you can't believe anything - even if it has a ring of truth.
There was a recent story that California running back Jahvid Best still has some concerns about the concussion he suffered late last season.
The Detroit Lions are looking for a running back and Best might be available at the 34th overall pick. I asked someone in the league (who is heavily involved with the draft process) about the possibility that the Lions might pass on Best because of the lingering health issues.
"You can't believe a word of it,'' he said. "You can't trust anything that's being said right now. Anybody who says anything negative about a player is a guy who wants that player to slide because they want to draft him. If you don't like a player or really think he has some issues, you talk him up and say how great he is because you want somebody else to draft him.''

http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/20 ... _abou.html

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I really like Best and I wouldn't be upset to see him taken with our second...

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Airborne Best has better landing in sight

By Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports
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VALLEJO, Calif. – Jahvid Best closed in on the end zone, saw a defender knifing toward his knees and did what any ridiculously talented running back on the verge of NFL millions would do: He launched himself upward and over the goal line, a spectacular touchdown even by his skewed standards.


Cal halfback Jahvid Best goes airborne before his awkward fall last November.
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Half a minute later, California Memorial Stadium was eerily silent – Best, Cal’s star junior halfback, lay motionless on his back after a horrific upside-down landing, his helmet having been dislodged on impact. As her son lay unconscious last November in the second quarter of a loss against Oregon State, Lisa Best did what any protective parent would do: She blazed a path downward through the stands and onto the field, ignoring a security official’s instructions to wait until he had received clearance from his superiors.

“There was no way anybody was going to stop me,” Lisa Best said last week. “I apologized to [the official] later; I know he was just doing his job. But I had to be with my son. I guess I always thought that I would really go crazy if he ever got hurt like that, but I prayed literally from the top of the stands until I got down to the field, and I was unbelievably calm.”

Lisa’s prayers were answered: Jahvid was conscious and able to move his extremities by the time she reached him.

On Tuesday, he was airborne once more – on a flight to New York City, where he’ll be one of the players attending the 2010 NFL draft.

Though Best isn’t a lock to go in Thursday night’s first round – meaning he could be in for a televised green-room sweating session akin to that endured five years ago by former Golden Bears quarterback Aaron Rodgers(notes) – the 21-year-old accepted the invitation about half a second after it was extended by NFL.com analyst and former Cowboys personnel guru Gil Brandt.

“My answer was ‘yes’ right away,” Best recalled last Tuesday at a restaurant near his parents’ home. “[Brandt] told me I might not get picked on Thursday, and I said, ‘You don’t have to tell me anymore. I don’t care if I don’t get drafted until Saturday.’ It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and there was no way I could turn that down.”

Best had visits with the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots, and isn’t expected to last beyond the early part of the second round. A good student with impeccable character – former Cal tackle Mike Tepper says he’s “one of those guys you’d let your sister date” – Best hopes to emulate 2009 NFL rushing champion Chris Johnson as an elusive breakaway threat.

“I love the guy,” one NFL head coach says of Best. “He’s one-cut-and-go personified, and I absolutely think that speed will translate to our level. I get excited watching him on tape … probably a little too excited.”

Best, who clocked the fastest official time (4.35 seconds) among running backs in February’s NFL scouting combine, grew up dreaming of athletic stardom on an even grander scale. A two-time participant in the national Junior Olympics – he won the 200-meter dash in 2005 – Best spent his childhood fantasizing about gold medals.

He thought about playing football as early as the third grade, at one point securing the support of his father, David. Lisa, however, wasn’t so easy to convince.

“My mom said, ‘No go,’ ” Jahvid remembers. “She told me I could play when I got to high school – and I used to bug her every year to try to get her to change her mind. She was praying that by the time I got to high school, I would drop it.”

Says Lisa: “I was nervous about it, but once I saw that nobody could really catch him, I calmed down.”

After winning a California state sprinting championship with a fracture in his foot, Best arrived in Berkeley and made an instant impact. Early in his first collegiate game, Best ran the wrong way and got blasted by Tennessee linebacker Rico McCoy – a quintessential welcome-to-major-college-football moment. On the next play, Best burst into the secondary and ran 34 yards. He made the All-Pac-10 first team as a special teamer – he was the Bears’ gunner on kick coverage, registering 12 tackles and a fumble recovery – but missed the final three games after suffering a season-ending hip fracture against Southern California.

At the time, there was some concern that Best’s injury might have been similar to what ended the career of former two-sport star Bo Jackson, resulting in a hip replacement. That fear turned out to be unfounded. But despite a breakout sophomore season that featured 1,587 rushing yards and seven 60-yard-plus runs, Best continued to be hounded by health concerns. He sustained an elbow dislocation while bracing himself on a fall early in the ’08 season against Colorado State and, after sitting out the next game, played the rest of the year with a bulky brace.

There was also the big hit he took from Maryland’s Kevin Barnes(notes) in the ’08 opener which resulted in Best vomiting in Gatorade-inspired hues on national TV – an image that quickly went viral on the Internet.

“That kind of died down,” Best says, laughing, “ever since I got the concussion.”

Best, a Heisman Trophy candidate coming into his junior season, sent a sick feeling through the stomachs of football fans across the country with his ill-fated leap against the Beavers, which turned out to be the last play of his college career.

After taking a direct snap and sweeping outside toward the left sideline, Best hurdled Oregon State cornerback Tim Clark, who had come in low. He says he never saw Beavers safety Cameron Collins racing in from the right side. Collins delivered a hit to the airborne tailback’s right hip which launched Best even higher – perhaps a good four feet in the air.

“It threw me off balance,” Best remembers. “My body was turning left and the ground was to the right, and I tried to turn but couldn’t. I knew I was going to hit the ground hard, and then everything went black.”

Said Cal fullback Brian Holley: “It was kind of surreal. I’ve never seen anybody that high on the field before. As soon as he hit the ground, I knew something was wrong. I looked in his eyes and he was just out cold. It was kind of hard to finish the game with that in the back of your mind.”

Best’s next memory was lying in a bed in the emergency room of Oakland’s Highland Hospital, surrounded by his parents and sister. One of the first questions he asked was, “Did I score?” He watched a replay on his PDA and has seen several since – “Because I was completely knocked out,” he reasons, “there aren’t any feelings I associate with it, so they don’t get brought up when I watch it” – and, despite the concussion and an extremely sore back, started plotting his return.

“I wanted to come back,” he says. “But Coach [Jeff] Tedford said, ‘There’s no way I’m playing you again.’ They took my helmet and everything.”


Best during the combine
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Two weeks after the injury, Best watched impatiently from the sideline as his close friend and backup, Shane Vereen, carried 42 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Stanford. He left school after the fall semester to prepare for the draft – Best, a legal studies major, has promised his parents he’ll go back to get his degree – and began answering questions about his durability.
At 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, Best is smaller than most every-down NFL backs, but he scoffs at the notion that he’s a health risk.

“It’s been a bunch of freak accidents,” he insists. “I don’t have the ankle, shoulder and knee problems from absorbing the pounding that some backs do. It’s just been from me trying to do too much. If I keep myself grounded, I’ll be fine.”

Despite a recent report that he’s still concerned about his past injuries, Best says he’ll be the same aggressive runner in the NFL that he was before the Oregon State collision.

“No, I’m not worried about [getting hit again],” he says. “Once I put the pads on and start hitting people and taking hits, it’ll all be just like second nature.”

Lisa Best, who in the weeks leading up to the concussion had lectured her son about not launching himself into the air, says she’s at peace with his career choice.

“Football was something I worried about him playing since he was young,” she says, “but I have to put aside my fears and support his passion. I’m excited to see him follow his dreams.”

And despite the big rookie contract that likely awaits Jahvid, Lisa has no doubt that he’ll stay grounded in a figurative sense.

“When he was in high school, and he became an instant star, some people questioned, ‘Will it go to his head?’ ” she recalls. “I said, ‘This is not the type of kid he is.’ He hasn’t changed yet, and I know he will always remain humble.”

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April 21st, 2010, 1:06 pm
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RB Jahvid Best has had very little contact with Lions
By NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA
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NEW YORK -- If the Detroit Lions are hoping to draft California running back Jahvid Best, they’re keeping their cards close to the vest.

Really close.

Best said today he hadn’t talked to the Lions and didn’t make a predraft visit to Detroit. He said he didn’t think the Lions were at his pro day, either.

“I guess that makes your job easier, right?” Best told a reporter with a laugh, while participating in a youth clinic in Central Park. “No, I really don’t know where I’ll go.”

Best is projected to go in the first or second round. There are concerns about his history of concussions, but his speed seems -- or seemed, at least -- to make him a candidate for the Lions at No. 34 overall.

Lions running back Kevin Smith is recovering from a torn ACL, and coach Jim Schwartz wanted more explosiveness from the running game even before Smith’s injury.

What is Best hearing?

“You hear all sorts of things,” he said. “I talk to my agent about it some, but if you let yourself listen to all that stuff, it’ll just drive you crazy. So I try not to worry about it. We’ll just wait and see, like everybody else.”

This could mean two different things. The Lions may not have any interest in Best at all. Or they're trying to keep their interest in him under wraps. I would imagine that the Lions would have atleast given him a physical because of his concussions if they were planning on drafting him at #34, but who really knows?

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But Tom said!!!
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NFL Draft Expert Interview Series: Tom Kowalski expects Lions to take Jahvid Best if healthy
By Philip Zaroo | MLive.com
April 21, 2010, 2:58PM
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California running back Jahvid Best has the breakaway speed to open up the Detroit Lions offense. If he's healthy enough, says MLive Insider Tom Kowalski, Detroit will draft him in the second round.
With all the talk of which player the Detroit Lions will draft with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, not much attention has been given to their pick in the second round (34th overall).

Detroit has brought in plenty of prospects for workouts, but MLive Lions Insider Tom "Killer" Kowalski thinks the team is most interested in California running back Jahvid Best.

"Assuming that Jahvid Best is medically cleared, then I think that he's the guy," Kowalski explains in the final installment of MLive's NFL Draft Expert Interview Series. "I think he's a difference maker, and if you look at the moves the Lions have made for this offense, to me, it really kind of falls flat if you don't have a running back who's really an upgrade from what they have."

Detroit addressed its offensive skill positions by signing free agent Nate Burleson as its No. 2 wide receiver and trading for tight end Tony Scheffler, who has the speed to be a downfield threat.

The backfield situation isn't as clear with starter Kevin Smith recovering from a severe knee injury, with veteran Maurice Morris and second-year running back Aaron Brown as the other options.

Best is rumored to still have problems stemming from a concussion late last season. Then again, those may simply be rumors spread by teams that want the 5-foot-10, 199-pound speedster to fall to them.

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If Cal running back Jahvid Best is already taken, and Southern California defensive end Everson Griffen, above, falls to the Lions in the second round, Detroit may scoop him up.
If Best is taken before the Lions pick in the second round, they're likely to grab a defensive player – an end if someone slips that far, or more likely, a cornerback. Regardless of the scenario, Killer thinks the Lions will get a good player.

"(USC defensive end) Everson Griffen is a guy that some people have talked about, but I don't think he gets out of the first round," he says. "I just completed my mock draft – I think – and I don't have him getting out of the first round, so I'm not sure that he's gonna fall to them.

"So that's the way I see it. I think it's going to be a running back or cornerback – one of those two spots because I think they can get a real player there if the thing falls even OK for them. It doesn't have to fall perfect, but if it just falls OK, then I think somebody's going to slip to them."


Listen to the full interview to hear why Killer thinks the Lions will replace linebacker Ernie Sims and why Detroit would be an "ideal" team for

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April 21st, 2010, 4:47 pm
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But Tom said!!!


Well that seals it then! The Lions will NOT be taking best :wink: :lol:

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I am at the point where I don't want the Lions to draft a RB unless it is a 7th round ST guy.
I would prefer to wait until next year and do whatever is necessary to draft Ingrahm, RB, Alabama. Dude is a stud and will be a great NFL RB.
I would trade every pick next year for him if necessary. But, I expect us to be picking in the top 12 next year. So, it shouldn't cost that much.


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I'd rather trade down this yeah and get a bunch of guys including Best at the top of the second.

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I am at the point where I don't want the Lions to draft a RB unless it is a 7th round ST guy.
I would prefer to wait until next year and do whatever is necessary to draft Ingrahm, RB, Alabama. Dude is a stud and will be a great NFL RB.
I would trade every pick next year for him if necessary. But, I expect us to be picking in the top 12 next year. So, it shouldn't cost that much.


Not to knock you, but are yous aying your plan is to go into next season with MoMo and A.Brown as our only 2 running backs, with maybe a 7th rounder?

They need to draft a RB, and he needs to be starting quality. Luckily, we may be able tog et that value all the way down to #66 or #100.


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We also have DeDe Dorsey. With a name like DeDe, maybe he'll be able to carry the load a little. (Uh, yeah, we need to get a running back.)


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BillySims wrote:
I am at the point where I don't want the Lions to draft a RB unless it is a 7th round ST guy.
I would prefer to wait until next year and do whatever is necessary to draft Ingrahm, RB, Alabama. Dude is a stud and will be a great NFL RB.
I would trade every pick next year for him if necessary. But, I expect us to be picking in the top 12 next year. So, it shouldn't cost that much.


Not to knock you, but are yous aying your plan is to go into next season with MoMo and A.Brown as our only 2 running backs, with maybe a 7th rounder?

They need to draft a RB, and he needs to be starting quality. Luckily, we may be able tog et that value all the way down to #66 or #100.


After further review:

Best was the "BEST kept Secret" of the entire draft. He always got decent, but, kind of mediocre reviews. So, I never looked into him. But, once we drafted him I finally looked at his highlight videos.

WOW. I mean WOW :!:

Dude looks like a combination of Billy Sims, Barry Sanders, and Thurman Thomas. He leaps into the end zone like Billy Sims. He has the shake and bake of Barry Sanders. And he has Thurman Thomas' pass catching ability.

How did this guy get kept under wraps? His PR guy failed him BIG TIME.

Best is worthy of the #20. And I am glad we got him now that I know more about him.


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He wasnt a secret, but the Durability concerns knocks players way down draft boards. Most experts put him and Spiller on the same level of talent, as KR and RBs, but Spiller had less injuries = top 10 rated. best is a top 10 talent easy, but if people think he is 1 concussion from retirement, then he falls. I am glad we got him as well.


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