The kid has mad speed. Blazing speed in fact. The main knock on Best is that he's not the punishing "pound the rock" type that a traditional running back would be. Truth be told, he doesn't need to be. He has the agility and speed that most offensive coordinators drool over. He can run or catch the ball pretty well and has the ability to shake people out of their shoes...that is, if he isn't suffering from turf toe on both feet.
I think with a healthy Stafford, upgraded receiving corps and more sound run blocking, Jahvid Best could be a Marshall Faulk/Thurman Thomas type of running/receiving back. He posseses many of the same traits as those guys and has dangerous weapons around him like they both did as well.
Those injuries slowed him quite a bit in his rookie year, along with the constant change in philosophy due to quarterback injuries. With that said, he still lead all rookies in yards from scrimmage (1,042) and was on pace to break some rookie records for the Lions until the injuries.
I play Madden 11 quite a bit and play as the Lions just about every time. I use Jahvid Best every way imaginable. I line him up in the slot, outside, out of the backfield, and even in a two-back scheme with Aaron Brown where no defender can catch either one of them in the open field. He is only rated "79" in the game (seems kind low for how good he is in the game), but his speed and agility is "97" and if you don't tackle him in the backfield and there is even a sliver of daylight, you better believe that Best will hit pay dirt. I know it's just a game, but Jahvid Best is my favorite player in the game AND real life because of his versatility and speed/agility.
We are lucky to have a back as good as Best, Kevin Smith was promising as a rookie but it's apparent that he isn't the game changer that Best is. The running backs after Barry and Billy Sims retired never quite matched the same dynamic and NEVER made anybody forget those two either, but with Jahvid Best you get the sensation that he could really be great if the supporting cast is doing their part and he can avoid the injury bug.
I anticipate the 2011 year to be special for a variety of reasons, but the offense for the Detroit Lions will be their bread and butter. From a healthy Stafford to Calvin Johnson, Burleson, Pettigrew, Scheffler, and whoever they draft for the #3 slot, Jahvid Best will make that offense just plain scary for opposing defensive coordinators to have to match-up against them. I'm really excited about the pass rush as well for the Lions; that will be their crutch against the pass-happy NFC North division we are in.
Go Lions and let's hope for a happy 2011 season!