This week’s ultra hot rookie award goes to Jahvid Best. Taken in the second round, Best felt he was slighted and now intends to prove he is the feature back for the Lions. In the pre-season he beat out former hot rookie Kevin Smith. The first game he was stymied, but the second game versus the Eagles, he served notice to the league, there is a new great balanced running back out there,
For years there have only been a handful of capable receiving backs that can also be an explosive rusher. This weekend versus the Eagles, he rushed for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns and received 9 passes for 154 yards and 1 touchdown. Given the great schedule that the Lions got, you better believe this is a sign of things to come.
His next three games are against the Rams, Vikings, and Packers. In fact only 4 of the remaining games have a defense that is tough against the run. I’m not going to lie and tell you that the Lions are playoff bound, but from a stat perspective, I think Best could have a shot at at least an 800/800 season.
As for his rookie card autographs, they are going through the roof. His high end autographs, like the one pictured below are going for $125 – $200. His lower end stuff like Press Pass is going for between $30 – $40. That is steep and for a rookie, its tough to give this one a thumbs up. If it would come down to under $100 for the high end stuff I might be tempted to buy.