Jahvid Best, before his injury, was arguably the top running back next to C.J. Spiller from Clemson. Best has had problems staying healthy throughout his collegiate career which in turn has made his draft stock drop a bit. Best, on November 7th, 2009 sustained a severe concussion and injury to his back on a Touchdown play against conference rivals, Oregon State. The Cal Running Back unecessarily jumped in the air to avoid contact from one of Oregon State's Linebacker's. In doing so, Best was knocked about ten-plus feet in the air coming down to land on his back and subsequently his head was whipped toward the ground resulting in him being knocked out. Best was carried out on a stretcher and was immediately taken to a local hospital. Concussions have been a significant area of concern in the NFL and it has been medically proven that concussions can be a reoccuring issue. This will be a flag concerning when and where Best is drafted, although some team will more than likely give him a shot fairly high still. His talent is just too good to pass on.
In 2007, Best, as a True Freshman, did not receive much playing time but he managed 221 Yards on just 29 carries which opened the eyes of the coaching staff heading in to the following year. His Sophomore year, Best opened the rest of the Nations eyes with a spectacular outing against Michigan State with 111 yards on 24 carries. It wasn't too much longer after that, that Best had another stellar performance against Washington State in which he had two touchdown runs of 80 plus yards. His game total for that game was 200 Yards rushing and 3 Touchdowns. At this point, Best had created alot of buzz in regards to being mentioned as the "Best" college Running Back in college football. This past season there were high expectations for the Cal Running Back and he was an early favorite in regards to the Heisman Trophy. He had played 9 games this year and racked up 867 Yards and 12 Touchdowns before the season ending injury.
As unfortunate as the injury was, Best still has not been knocked that far down the boards. Mike Mayock still has Best ranked on his Big Board as the number two Running Back right behind C.J. Spiller who is considered to be the top Running Back in college football. If Best can heal up, his value according to where he will be selected may be outstanding.
Below, I will provide Best's stats, highlights, awards and honors, and projections of where he could end up being selected.
Clearly you can see why Best, before the injury was considered to be a Heisman favorite coming for the 2009 Season. He has natural ability to "feel" the entire field. He has the ability to return kicks as well. If he fell in to the second round for the Niners pick, and we didn't already select Spiller, he may be worth a long-hard look.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
- 2007 First Team All-Pac 10 (Special Teams)
- 2008 Pro Football Weekly All-American Honorable Mention
- 2008 First Team All-Pac 10 (Offense)
- 2008 Pac 10 Rushing Leader (1,580 Yards)
- 2008 Emerald Bowl MVP
- 2009 Elite Running Back Trophy
|2009 Regular Season Game Log||Rushing||Receiving||Fumbles|
|9/12||Eastern Washington||W 59-7||17||144||8.5||30||1||2||19||9.5||22||1||0||0|
|10/24||Washington State||W 49-17||13||159||12.2||61||2||1||27||27.0||27||1||0||0|
|10/31||@Arizona State||W 23-21||18||63||3.5||8||0||7||61||8.7||17||1||0||0|
|11/7||Oregon State||L 31-14||9||29||3.2||8||1||1||-4||-4.0||0||0||0||0|
|11/14||Arizona||W 24-16||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/21||@Stanford||W 34-28||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|12/5||@Washington||L 42-10||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|2009 Postseason Game Log||Rushing||Receiving||Fumbles|
|SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL||Utah||L 37-27||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
SUMMARY AND PROJECTIONS:
Although Best sustained a fairly severe injury in '09, the year before he would be drafted, the Cal Running Back will still be considered to be a first round prospect for some teams willing to take a flyer on him. With Best's ability, I can't see him falling past the middle of the second round. He should be drafted Day 1 of the draft.
Possibilities -- Late 1st Round to Mid 2nd Round; 1st Round: Texans, Patriots, Chargers