Why The Detroit Lions Made a Great Decision Drafting Jahvid Best

Robert WayerskiCorrespondent IApril 22, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  Football player  Jahvid Best attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for ESPN)
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The Lions traded back up into the first round to take Jahvid Best on Thursday night, making one of the best moves of the draft so far. 

Best is not an every down back but he will be a perfect compliment to Kevin Smith and gives the Lions a player who is a home-run threat every time that he touches the ball. 

He can contribute in the return game, act as a third down back and even come into the game at the same time as Kevin Smith and split out wide. His ability to move around the formation will be a great asset to the Detroit offense.

Despite having a defensive minded coach the Lions have spent the off-season improving their offense. So far they have added a pass-catching TE (Tony Scheffler), a second WR to compliment Calvin Johnson (Nate Burleson) and now best.

If the Lions can add a couple pieces to their offensive line in the rest of this draft they will have one of the best up and coming offenses in the league. They are doing the smart thing and giving their young QB the best chance to succeed.

The Best pick was another signal that the new regime in Detroit is committed to building around their star players, something that has lacked for a long time in Motown.