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Jahvid Best: Great Talent vs Injury Risk | 2010 NFL Draft Prospect

Maryland v California

Born and raised in the Bay Area of California, I can’t help but watch college teams from the area. In my time watching the Cal Bears I’ve had a chance to watch running back Jahvid Best for the past few seasons and witness his great playmaking ability.

Best was a Heisman hopeful early in the 2009 season, and it wasn’t hard to see why. This young runner has all the tools to dominate and his track speed in the open field is an absolute bonus.

If you were to look at Best on skill alone, you would think this kid was primed to be the next star in the NFL at tail back, but unfortunately it may take a few years before that happens. Unfortunately, Best has a history of injury problems and teams may shy away from the talented runner as a first round pick.

Before last season, Best had his history of ailments but during his final year with the Cal Bears, he had two concussions. The final concussion ended his career with Cal as he took a very nasty hit against Oregon State and ended up with the concussion and a back injury.

Draft & Fantasy Projection

If Best goes in the first round of the draft, look for him to land somewhere that already has a proven runner. I would be surprised if any team pays this youngster a high contract and starts him right away. It’s not that Best isn’t talented enough but more that NFL teams may not want to risk having a big investment in a player that has a history for injury.

Not only injury, but a history of concussions, and that is something that NFL teams are paying close attention to this past year.

Still, Best has great talent, and, even if he does ride the pine to start the year, he is worth attention from fantasy football owners. I still believe he is worth stashing away in dynasty leagues, and he is worth a late round pick on your roster in regular fantasy leagues.

If Best should go to a team that would use him right away, then he would obviously make for a solid flex play starter.

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