Cal RB Jahvid Best uttered the comment over a month ago at the NFL combine, but his statement about the Bills might be even more interesting now.
At the NFL combine in Indianapolis last month, Best was asked if he had sat down with any teams in need of running back help and this was his response.
“There’s a bunch of teams like the Eagles, the Bills are in the picture now, the Saints might be in the picture,” said Best. “There’s a lot of teams because there are a lot of running backs whose contracts are coming up. And then there’s a lot of teams that just need running backs, because running backs come in and out of the league every year now.”
Bills head coach Chan Gailey last week at the owners’ meetings in Orlando expressed an interest in acquiring a scat back type player in the draft that was small in stature, but very elusive. Best would be one of the prospects to fit that bill with 4.35 speed and the ability to make defenders miss, all packed into a 5’10” 199-pound frame.
“The guys that are coming out now, there’s a bunch of those 5-9, 185-pound or 195-pound, quick-as-a-cat water bugs that are running backs-slash-receivers that might give you a little bit of a punch on the field, maybe make a big play,” Gailey told ESPN blogger Tim Graham. “We’ve got to start to upgrade there in some way, shape or form.”
The only problem with Best is he is widely considered one of the top three backs in the draft with Clemson’s C.J. Spiller and Fresno State’s Ryan Matthews the only two prospects consistently ranked ahead of him. Best is forecast by most to be a late first or early second-round pick, but it’s not likely that Buffalo would use a second-round selection on a running back. They have too many other pressing positional needs. But they did speak with Best at the combine according to the dynamic prospect.
Buffalo seems more likely to add a third-down type back in the middle to late rounds.
Tags: 2010 NFL Draft, Jahvid Best
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