Best expected to be the featured back in Detroit

After selecting defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second overall pick, the Detroit Lions weren’t finished with the first round. As the end of Day 1 of the 2010 draft approached, the Lions traded with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire the 30th overall selection.

They used that pick on California running back Jahvid Best. And just like Suh is expected to come in and start right way, it looks like Best could be atop the depth chart at the running back position come Week 1.

Per a report from Tom Kowalski of, Best is expected to be the featured running back in Detroit this season.

"We're throwing everything we have at him. We didn't spoon-feed it," Head coach Jim Schwartz told Kowalski.

Acquiring another running back was a high priority for the Lions as second-year rusher Kevin Smith tore his ACL against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14 last season. In addition to Smith and Best, veteran running back Maurice Morris is expected to handle some of the workload in 2010.

"If you look around the league, some of the best running teams always have a tandem,'' Best told Kowalski at the conclusion of this past weekend’s minicamp.

The 5-10, 195-pound Best is a dual-threat running back that rushed for 867 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2009 while catching 22 passes for four more scores. The 21-year-old junior was considered to be a Heisman Trophy contender until suffering a concussion against Oregon State in early November that ended his season.

The presence of a playmaker like Best immediately upgrades a Lions offense that ranked 27th in scoring last season (16.4 pts/gm).

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