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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

March 1, 2010 at 12:13 PM

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Running room: Jahvid Best blazes a trail

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Clemson's C.J. Spiller is pretty well established as the top running back available in the draft. He was timed at 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash by the NFL Network on Sunday and listed at 4.37 on the league's official Web site.

Jahvid Best finished faster than Spiller, according to the time posted on the league's official Web site. That's both significant and surprising not only because there's a lot of discussion of the top prospects after Spiller, but there were questions about Best after suffering a concussion in a game against Oregon State after leaping to reach the end zone. It was a terrifying fall as Best landed on his head and neck, his helmet coming off and his left arm going rigid.

During his interview at the scouting combine, Best said he remembers leaping but not the landing. Best said it was one of two concussions he suffered in college. He also said he has been evaluated and cleared by Mickey Collins at the University of Pittsburgh.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll mentioned the proliferation of explosive, speedy players available in this draft, and while Ole Miss' Dexter McCluster ran slower than expected, Best's time will vault him into the discussion as a top running back behind Spiller.

Update: Answer to a question on this comment thread: Toby Gerhart's time was listed as 4.53 seconds on That time is unofficial, but he ran well by all measurements and probably cemented his status as a second-round pick at the very latest.

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