I hate to put such high expectations on him, but Detroit has lacked this kind of elusiveness at running back since No. 20 was ripping off moves never seen before in the NFL. What’s scary about Best is the breakaway speed (4.3), which Barry never had.
He averaged 8.1 YPC as a sophomore on his way to a 1,580 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. He was a Heisman candidate heading into last season before suffering a serious concussion and back injury. C.J. Spiller might have better overall speed—even though Best “bested” him at the combine—but Best accelerates into high gear just as quickly, if not sooner.
This is another piece to the puzzle and makes everyone—especially Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson—that much better. He’s my dark horse candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year.