Scouting Report: Jahvid Best

Written by Rob Engle on April 19, 2010

Jahvid Best

Position: RB School: California
Height: 5’10 1/8" Weight: 199 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.35

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

1st-2nd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 4.5
Speed 8 8
Quickness/Agility 10 10
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 8
Durability 8 4
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 10

Running Back Specific Categories


Max. Value


Between the tackles 8 6.5
Outside the tackles 8 8
Receiving 6 5.5
Ball carrying 8 7
Vision 10 10
Elusiveness 8 8
Pass Blocking 8 5
Leg Drive 8 3.5
Break Tackle 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System


A very bright kid with a good head on his shoulders. Incredible vision, instincts, quickness and cutting ability. Sees holes before they even open up and gets through them with the blink of an eye. Game breaker. Is very patient and will wait until the last moment to make a cut. Very hard to tackle in the open field. Very explosive and shifty which gives him the ability to shed tacklers. Always falls forward. Very tough. Can stop and start on a dime. A good receiver out of the backfield and slot. A willing pass blocker.


Might need to add a few pounds all over his frame in order to play a full season at the next level. Has durability concerns after suffering a devastating concussion against Oregon State, but besides that hasn’t been hampered by many injuries. Takes it outside too quickly. Isn’t a natural hands catcher with the football. Won’t run over people.


Best is too quick and sudden to not be a force in the NFL. He is very versatile and will play a variety of roles. He is pro ready and he was able to make a lot of pro style reads and cuts at Cal as a running back. The only concern about him is his durability and long term potential after suffering the concussion. Will contribute right away and make a ton of big plays.


Two year starter at California.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: 1st team All-Pac 10 (offense).
2007: 1st team All-Pac 10 (special teams).


Law studies major at California.


Misses 3 games in 2007 with hip injury. Misses 1 game in 2008 with dislocated elbow. Misses end of 2009 season after suffering concussion/back injury.

Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2009 141 867 6.1 93 12 22 213 4
2008 194 1580 8.1 86 15 27 246 1
2007 29 221 7.6 64 2 13 74 1

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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