The Lions have signed first-round RB Jahvid Best just as the team was reporting to training camp.
Best was the second of the Lions' two first-round picks, No. 30 overall. Ndamukong Suh, the second player overall in the draft, remains the Lions' only unsigned draft pick.
The Lions are counting on Best to fill a major role right away, especially with 2009 starter Kevin Smith coming off ACL surgery. The 5-10, 200-pound Best rushed for 2,668 career yards and 29 touchdowns at Cal, catching 62 passes for 533 yards and six touchdowns. He also averaged 26.4 yards on 32 kickoff returns in college.
In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki said Best is "a very quick, shifty, multi-purpose back with big-play capability" who is "capable of splitting wide and mismatching safeties and linebackers" although "durability and pass-protection limitations" could hinder him.
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