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Detroit Lions move up, draft Jahvid Best

After trading back into the first round, the Detroit Lions selected Cal running back Jahvid Best with the 30th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

After beefing up their defense by taking Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second pick in the draft, the Lions have now bolstered their offense with Best, a player they were long believed to covet.

Best’s best season was his sophomore year in 2008, when he ran for 1,580 yards. As a freshman in 2007 he was a backup, and as a junior in 2009 he was injured and played in only nine games, gaining 867 yards. He left school with a year of eligibility.

The division rival Minnesota Vikings traded their first-round pick to
the Lions to facilitate the selection of Best; we’ll see if Best can
become the kind of player who makes the Vikings regret that decision.

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50 Responses to “Detroit Lions move up, draft Jahvid Best”
  1. Hauschild says: Apr 22, 2010 10:49 PM

    Nice move by Minny.

  2. NFC North Resident says: Apr 22, 2010 10:51 PM

    cue a bunch of people saying “detroit will still suck”. Not a Lions fan but they have good young talent.

  3. Paul Allen Hates the Lions says: Apr 22, 2010 10:52 PM

    He looked dead on that endzone dive…
    Glad he’s alive.

  4. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 22, 2010 10:52 PM

    Hopefully the Lions can beat out the Bears this season. I’d rather see the Lions second to Minnesota than the Bears or Packers, but lets be honest the Pack are too much for the Lions, the Bears on the other hand..

  5. Fidelito says: Apr 22, 2010 10:52 PM

    Since all the Vikings wants at CB were gone, and they obviously weren’t interested in Clausen, it appears as if they got a decent price to move back 5 spots. Also, ESPN’s draft coverage is horrible this year. They need to drop a guy or two off of that desk, and stop talking over each other with boring filler, and maybe consider paying attention to what’s actually happening in the draft.

  6. NFLFollower says: Apr 22, 2010 10:53 PM

    Well they leap-frogged 3 teams to get Best. Would Indy, New Orleans, or St. Louis have taken him?…..maybe Minnesota? Interesting decision.

  7. FedorTheChamp says: Apr 22, 2010 10:53 PM

    STUPID!!! Best is a BEAST!

  8. Agamemnon says: Apr 22, 2010 10:56 PM

    Good move by the Vikes, if they’re looking at Claussen, ’cause the next several teams are definitely set at QB.

  9. rsa says: Apr 22, 2010 10:58 PM

    Too smart for their own good. Viking’s just lost Clausen. St. Louis will be trading the 33rd pick overnight.

  10. OHare says: Apr 22, 2010 11:01 PM

    Horrible, horrible pick! Brian Calhoun part 2. Where is Calhoun now you ask. Stocking shelves at Wal-Mart.

  11. chitownlionsfan410 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:02 PM

    could it be?? lions making legit moves that the fans actually want.

  12. evilmajortom says: Apr 22, 2010 11:05 PM

    Let me be the first to declare this new draft format a bust, I’m not even buzzed yet and its over . . .

  13. 2Legit says: Apr 22, 2010 11:08 PM

    The vikings will draft a OL watch

  14. lionsb63 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:10 PM

    I don’t understand why the Vikings would give a division foe the advantage of getting a desired player. What else did the Lions give up for that move, a 4th and 7th? Good thing we dont have much luck that deep in the draft…yet. As a Lions fan, I couldn’t be much happier tonight.

  15. funi says: Apr 22, 2010 11:10 PM

    Bad move. Minn would not have taken him since they traded the pick, colts, aints and yams don’t need him! Det gives up2 draft picks to move up 3 positions? Is Matt Millen doing the draft?

  16. phiz0r says: Apr 22, 2010 11:11 PM

    I looked up what I could find out on what was given up. Looks like lions traded 32nd pick their 4th rounder and a 7th for the 30th pick and the vikings 4th.

  17. GirthyOne says: Apr 22, 2010 11:14 PM

    Awfully dumb pick. Figures Detroit would ignore the concussion issue that Best brought up himself. Kevin Smith’s job is safe, I guess.
    Minnesota should have taken Kyle Wilson. Made no sense unless they hated him.

  18. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: Apr 22, 2010 11:14 PM

    Traded past 5 teams that have zero chance of drafting a QB. Jimmy Clausen anyone?
    GO VIKES!!!
    140 days until redemption…

  19. MSA says: Apr 22, 2010 11:15 PM

    Looks like Detroit is nicely rebuilding their team after a decade of misery.
    Soon the Lions will be in the mix for a Wild-card hunt in the NFC. Probably not in 2010, but possible if there will be still a season in 11.

  20. Stuff-it says: Apr 22, 2010 11:15 PM

    Great Move!
    All they moved down was 4 picks, and they get the whole day to decide what they want to do! The second pick in the second round is as good as the 30th in the first and costs them about 2 mil a year less for who they get. They also got another 4th round pick and a 6th round pick. It really was a great move. Now if they still want Clausen they have him as the Rams picked a QB first so they won’t want him. Again, Great move!

  21. mikeyclaw says: Apr 22, 2010 11:17 PM

    It is what it is. Best is a Lion now. He is considered to be too brittle by many. The jury is still out IMO.
    Was Best the best move that the Lions made in the 1st round?

  22. Big BrEasy says: Apr 22, 2010 11:17 PM

    Viklings did not get permisson from Favre yet to select Clausen. He is expected to let Childo know early tomorrow.

  23. VegasRandy says: Apr 22, 2010 11:24 PM

    Fidelito says:
    April 22, 2010 10:52 PM
    Also, ESPN’s draft coverage is horrible this year. They need to drop a guy or two off of that desk, and stop talking over each other with boring filler, and maybe consider paying attention to what’s actually happening in the draft.
    100% agree. Steve Young is pathetic. He hijacks the entire show.
    Also hate them showing people on the phone giving the picks away. Let Goddell tell us.

  24. skyrider says: Apr 22, 2010 11:25 PM

    Lions suck and will always suck because they don’t know how to draft….another flub. Suh is good and so is Best but what is best for this team at this point…protecting the QB….FAIL!!!!!

  25. tylerp316 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:30 PM

    anybody the vikes were gonna take will still be there at 34… VERY smart by the vikes, as usual (AP, Visanthe, Sid Rice, Percy, Loadholt, JA trade). They have a proven record of smart FA/draft moves and theyve done it again.. Thanks spielman/chilly/rest of crew, another great move…. We’ll see what happens in rd #2..

  26. Chris20906 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:31 PM

    Ummm.. weren’t the Lions going to get a bodyguard for Stafford?? Can Best pick up blitzers? He’s 199 poundswith a hisory of injuries and concussions.

  27. se18a29 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:39 PM

    The Vikes Get Detroits 34th in the Second and their 100th in the 4th and a 7th Rounder. Detroit gets MN’s 128th in the 4th.

  28. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Apr 22, 2010 11:42 PM

    Cal running backs often stink in the NFL. (Arrington, Lynch) but Jahvid might break that cycle. Foressett needs to catch a lucky break in SEA

  29. bigbadmac says: Apr 22, 2010 11:50 PM

    We need ol a linebacker and cbs.But we move up to get best????? Decent player but wtf not a position of need………..They better sign Keith Bullucks now after trading Sims.

  30. HerbertJablonski says: Apr 22, 2010 11:51 PM

    which picks did they give up to move up?

  31. JSpicoli says: Apr 23, 2010 12:01 AM

    I agree that:
    a) ESPN coverage sucks. Other than Gruden they are complete nada. I turned to NFLN and never looked back. Much better coverage. Jackson and Berman need a goldwatch and a sailboat.
    b) Both ESPN and NFLN need to stop with the spoilers/showing dude smiling on the cell phone. Let the suspense build until the name is announced. Also, La Canfore blows the surprise. Can’t they just can it for 30 seconds while we wait for Goodell?

  32. BigBaldPapaHawk says: Apr 23, 2010 12:10 AM

    # chitownlionsfan410 says: April 22, 2010 11:02 PM
    could it be?? lions making legit moves that the fans actually want.
    ——————————————————
    Matt Millen can no longer harm you gents. As a football fan (GO SEAHAWKS), I am glad to see your franchise finally make a turn for the better.

  33. Jamezz23 says: Apr 23, 2010 12:12 AM

    Personally I like the move fro detroit, maybe he would have been there at 34 who knows but it’s obviously the guy the were origionally targeteting at 34 is likely to be there at 64 or what ever pick they swapped with the Vikings. Good pick up since there really isn’t any clear cut must haves out there and the lions were in desperate need of a game breaking rb.

  34. barry20fan says: Apr 23, 2010 12:19 AM

    Lions get Best, swap 4th (get 120th)
    Vikings get #34, swap 4th (get 100th), get 7th
    Essentially, this means if the Lions were going to take Best at #34, and wanted to ensure that they got their man, all they did was swap 4ths and give up a 7th round pick.
    Mayhew rapes again!

  35. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Apr 23, 2010 12:27 AM

    barry20fan
    good god. a lions fan…
    WELCOME!

  36. Paul Allen Hates the Lions says: Apr 23, 2010 12:41 AM

    I keep hearing vikes and lions swapped fourths..
    Does anyone have a link???

  37. Paul Allen Hates the Lions says: Apr 23, 2010 12:42 AM

    I keep hearing vikes and lions swapped fourths..
    Does anyone have a link???

  38. Paul Allen Hates the Lions says: Apr 23, 2010 12:50 AM

    Found it:
    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/11829/inside-an-inter-division-deal

  39. barry20fan says: Apr 23, 2010 12:53 AM

    Paul Allen Hates the Lions:
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5heDZnW0z2ch-Wg2_CGAe038egd9wD9F8HM580

  40. motownsports says: Apr 23, 2010 1:03 AM

    You guys are the biggest whinners I’ve ever come across.For once the Lions are finally cleaning up the Matt Millen Fiasco, and getting legitimate talent , and this is all being done in a little over a year!

  41. motownsports says: Apr 23, 2010 1:04 AM

    You guys are the biggest whinners I’ve ever come across.For once the Lions are finally cleaning up the Matt Millen Fiasco, and getting legitimate talent , and this is all being done in a little over a year!

  42. swede700 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:19 AM

    Yes, the Vikings and Lions swapped 4ths and the Vikings get an extra 7th. Spielman literally pulled the wool over on Mayhew. Best would have been there at their pick in the 2nd. What is it with teams trading up for RBs? Hasn’t it already been proven that RBs are a dime a dozen?

  43. ClownBurger says: Apr 23, 2010 2:25 AM

    No way Best is there at #34 with that speed. Someone would have traded up to get him before the Lions could. They did what they had to get him.
    Good move.
    He’s not brittle either. He only had that 1 flukey injury. Otherwise he was healthy.

  44. shaggytoodle says: Apr 23, 2010 2:34 AM

    NFC North Resident says:
    April 22, 2010 10:51 PM
    cue a bunch of people saying “detroit will still suck”. Not a Lions fan but they have good young talent.
    _________________________
    I am not a Lions fan either but I also recall a young talented team loaded with the likes of Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers, Kevin Jones, Roy Williams and so on. While those players did have potential, none of them are on the current lions roster and some aren’t on any rosters.

  45. mikeymo says: Apr 23, 2010 3:28 AM

    you terrible arrogant piece of crap vikings fans think your something special , you have the most overpraised piece of sh*t prima donna quarterback that will never win you anything , and will always be a packer no matter what, yet you think your horribly overrated team will win a superbowl lol , i’ve been a lowly lions fan my whole life,and i know the lions and i have a feeling the tide is about to turn you purple and yellow b*tches honululu and blue forever!!!

  46. devoted2lions says: Apr 23, 2010 4:59 AM

    The only thing detroit really gave up was a 7th, and lost 20 spots in the forth. Good move on their part, not taking a chance on louie trading their 33rd.

  47. marjo says: Apr 23, 2010 6:52 AM

    Last Cal “can’t miss” RB – JJ Arrington.
    Sorry Lions fans, this pick has bust written all over it. There were other, more productive and less injury probe RBs in the draft that coulf have been had for a much lower pick.
    Whoever picks Hardesty is going to be smiling for years to come.

  48. hitman127 says: Apr 23, 2010 7:28 AM

    the colts were projected to take a runner due to joseph addai lacking the level of play he engineered earlier in his career. Also Addai’s contract is comming up in which it is known it would take more than he is worth to retain him.
    in second the rams might have taken him to compliment steven jackson since there running the wheels off him in STL.
    in third since hes an explosive player someone might have traded in front of detroit in those picks and snaged him since some teams had a first round grade for him.

  49. azdetroitfan says: Apr 23, 2010 4:41 PM

    Real question on this is can the Lions, last in defense the last 2 years, continue to burn 1st round picks on offensive playmakers? I think not. Should have traded up for one of the top corners or OL.

  50. SharksRog says: Apr 24, 2010 3:28 AM

    If you have any questions about Jahvid Best, check them out here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQdhYCZIMRQ
    Jahvid has had more injuries than indicated above, but if he stays healthy and gets some blocking, Lions fans are going to fall in love.
    I have never seen a runner who can make such sharp cuts at full speed. He also has very nice hands.
    I would use him as a change-of-pace back rather than an every-down player. At Cal he played about 75% of the downs.
    If Best were a baseball player, it would take a big field to keep him in the ballpark.

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