Jahvid Best, Syd'Quan Thompson, Tyson Alualu, Mike Tepper, Verran Tucker, and Nyan Boateng get another opportunity to impress NFL scouts and talent evaluators Wednesday at Cal's Pro Day. All of them, besides Best, will need it. At the NFL's annual scouting combine held in Indianapolis, Best erased all except for the most important doubt, durability, with his performance. The College Football Performance Awards' 2009 Elite Running Back posted the top 40-yard dash (4.35s), top 3-cone drill (6.75s), and the fourth-best 20-yard shuttle (4.17s) for running backs at the event, proving that he can be just as elusive on a pro field as he was on a college campus. The question that is surrounding Best is whether or not he can survive a 16-game season without missing time -- something he didn't do in a 12-game college season.
Proving that he's durable is problematic for the early-entry draftee. Best missed the last three games of the season and Cal's Poinsettia Bowl loss to Utah with a sore back and a concussion -- injuries that doctors aren't able to ascertain potential future problems.