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Multiple teams had Jahvid Best off the draft board

Justin Smith,  Jahvid Best AP

Though much of the discussion in Detroit currently focuses on the number of games that the second overall pick in round one of the 2010 draft will miss over the balance of 2011, the Lions’ other first-round pick will miss the rest of them.

Jahvid Best, more than a month after suffering his latest concussion, has been placed on injured reserve.

Per a league source, multiple teams had removed Best from the draft board completely, due to his history of concussions, including a scary incident that occurred at Cal.

And yet the Lions traded up for Best.

As explained on Saturday, Best’s case illustrates one of the significant tensions between players and the league office regarding the issue of concussions.  The fact that he won’t play again this year will make it even harder for teams to justify relying on players (especially running backs) with a history of concussions, and it will make it even more tempting for players to conceal their concussions.

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30 Responses to “Multiple teams had Jahvid Best off the draft board”
  1. tonymission says: Nov 27, 2011 12:54 PM

    This wasn’t even news on draft day.

  2. ticalcaldwell says: Nov 27, 2011 12:58 PM

    I wouldn’t say anything….pay me…then I will tell you everything…..The good news though…they restructured the salary cap for rookies…..THANK GOD someone finally got smart on this ridiculous system

  3. eddieapoc says: Nov 27, 2011 1:01 PM

    You win some You lose some. Mayhew has won a LOT more then he has lost, and i’m not even willing to say he lost this one yet.

  4. chiefjj says: Nov 27, 2011 1:02 PM

    If someone wants to put their body at risk like jack tatum did back in the day. They should be able to. These football players should see guys like dierdorf who can barely even walk and decide whether they want to take this football thing slow or not.

  5. blueandsilver9 says: Nov 27, 2011 1:02 PM

    “And yet the Lions traded up for Best”

    Still working about better than Chris Cook, wouldn’t you say Mike?

  6. johnnycash19 says: Nov 27, 2011 1:04 PM

    The draft is part luck, part risk. The Patriots were lucky to have Tom Brady turn into what he did and Jahvid Best was a risky pick, but when he’s on the field he can be a game changer. Looking at it now, was it worth the risk? Probably not, but when healthy he is a hell of a playmaker.

  7. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 27, 2011 1:04 PM

    Why should there be “tension” between the league office and players??

    Either they value their long-term health, or their money. It’s up to the players…

  8. gmart4041 says: Nov 27, 2011 1:05 PM

    Funny how nobody wanted to leak this info when Detroit was 5-0 and Best was making big plays for them. The Colts took Jerry Hughes right after the Lions picked Best. Also, the team that made the deal with the Lions was the Vikings, who ended up taking Chris Cook. The reality is that the NFL draft has a lot of risk involved, whether it’s concussions, off-field incidents, or just being an on-field bust.

  9. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 27, 2011 1:07 PM

    In related news multiple teams took Tom Brady off their draft board the year the pats picked him up

  10. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 27, 2011 1:12 PM

    They took a risk and it backfired. I’m sure there were other questionable decisions that went horribly wrong for other teams. But, when Best has played he’s been a beast.

  11. imjinbrdgr says: Nov 27, 2011 1:16 PM

    Not a good move by Mayhew who has done a better job than I expected being someone who once worked under Matt , the worst GM ever, Millen.

    As for Best you have to feel bad for him. I’m sure he has made a nice chunk of change after being a 2nd round pick. Maybe he should consider a career change to a job where the competition isn’t trying to smash your brains out every Sunday.

  12. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 27, 2011 1:22 PM

    I still think if best is back next year he will be a great combo with leshoure pounding the rock, and when he tires out opposing defenses, put best in to torch them. After seeing my lions pick Charles Rogers, Mike Williams and Roy Williams with top 10 picks, best is by no means a bust. He was more productive with two turf toes than those 3 combined.

  13. adirtyplayernamedsue says: Nov 27, 2011 1:23 PM

    Only the lionesses would trade up for a guy with that health history. Makes that Matt guy that used to be there look bright.

  14. illiniftw says: Nov 27, 2011 1:25 PM

    All we heard on draft day was how risky it was to draft AP due to injury concerns from college and I’d say he has worked out pretty well for the Vikings so far.

    The draft is part scouting part luck.

  15. jmclarkent says: Nov 27, 2011 1:39 PM

    Instead of making the game two-hand touch, mayhaps the league should focus on revamping helmet tech?

  16. bleedgreen says: Nov 27, 2011 1:41 PM

    Agree on the AP pick. He had a broken leg at the time, didn’t he?

  17. sommerday says: Nov 27, 2011 1:43 PM

    Kevin Smith is better than Best between the tackles.
    But I would mimic New Orleans use of Reggie Bush in using open-air offense only for Best. Best has better top-end speed for that.
    Also teach Best how to get tackled like Barry Sanders. When Barry knew the run was done, he always found the safest spot to get down.

  18. i3addog says: Nov 27, 2011 1:50 PM

    I’ve had lots of concussions, it hasn’t affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me affected me

  19. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 27, 2011 1:50 PM

    Testing

  20. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    Bleedgreen-
    I’m pretty sure he broke his collarbone diving into the endzone for the razorbacks

  21. chetwynnr says: Nov 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    Concussions shouldn’t be a problem for Suh, as I understand it they are brain bruises.

  22. lks311 says: Nov 27, 2011 2:03 PM

    adirtyplayernamedsue says:
    Nov 27, 2011 1:23 PM
    Only the lionesses would trade up for a guy with that health history. Makes that Matt guy that used to be there look bright.

    _________________________________

    The great thing about semi-clever little handles like, “adirtyplayernamedsue”, is it effectively announces your agenda before you type even one letter. Therefore, making your opinions completely moot and—going forward—utterly useless to read.

  23. staff2cj4td says: Nov 27, 2011 2:18 PM

    what?!?!?!? who cares!!! why don’t you tll that Detroit traded up 4 spots to draft him and only swapped 4th round picks to do so! St’ Louis was going to select Best one pick before us, they even came out and said it after the draft! Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally digging for a story here!!

    in a related note…….no one drafted James Harrison, Legarett Blount or Kurt Warner

  24. ahs2 says: Nov 27, 2011 2:20 PM

    Two words- Adrian Peterson
    Two more words- Michael Bush
    Best has been great and has tremendous potential to be more.

    Since you’re smart enough to not have this explained to you, that the draft is a gamble, why do some of us need to point this out to you?

    Oh yes, it’s fashionable on this board to crap on the Lions…silly me!

  25. ahs2 says: Nov 27, 2011 2:21 PM

    lks311 says:
    Nov 27, 2011 2:03 PM
    adirtyplayernamedsue says:
    Nov 27, 2011 1:23 PM
    Only the lionesses would trade up for a guy with that health history. Makes that Matt guy that used to be there look bright.

    _________________________________

    The great thing about semi-clever little handles like, “adirtyplayernamedsue”, is it effectively announces your agenda before you type even one letter. Therefore, making your opinions completely moot and—going forward—utterly useless to read.

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    yes, a sad little man indeed…

  26. suicidalionsfan says: Nov 27, 2011 2:38 PM

    Well said, lks311.

  27. thelionsrgreat says: Nov 27, 2011 2:42 PM

    Why do any of you even respond to the handle adirtyplayernamedsuh? Sounds like a highschool punk just trying to irritate people. You look just as foolish as he/she does? Best was very risky, and needs to think long and hard about his future days.

  28. jgrossi2210 says: Nov 27, 2011 2:44 PM

    Another thing, Where was the fine or gasp suspension from the Cleveland DB who hit best helmet to helmet in the preseason? That is what started this cascade this year. Oh wait! You mean it’s football. Stuff happens and players get hurt? I couldn’t tell by some of the posts here.

    Its a brutal game, played by tough brutal men, who can’t always control their reactions and emotions. Half you people get just as worked up over the new Madden release or any new hot first person shooter game.

    GET A LIFE!!!

  29. bobhk says: Nov 27, 2011 3:06 PM

    We know that getting a big contract for most people is important but one should consider the health ramifications long term (such as Alzheimers, etc).
    Also, when you hide injuries in order to get paid, you are actually cheating your employer since you could be knocked out a lot sooner (having collected a big bonus).

  30. lionsfanatic says: Nov 27, 2011 6:43 PM

    If he doesn’t comeback good after sitting this long he is going to be the equivalent to a boxer with a glass jaw and his career is over. Either way Lions need to do something RB wise next year since the entire backfield is an ER units dream.

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