Alabama Football: Will Najee Harris Be Drafted in the First Round?
Najee Harris is another intriguing NFL prospect out of the University of Alabama. Harris is probably the best running back on the board in the 2021 NFL Draft. He played a huge role in Alabama’s 52-24 win over Ohio State in the National Championship Game.
Najee Harris can catch passes out of the backfield and he can also run with ease. Harris is also a very underrated blocker. He might be the best running back coming out of Alabama since Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans. Where could Najee Harris be drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft?
The earliest he could possible go is 13th in the NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Chargers. Even though they have Austin Ekeler, Najee Harris would be a major upgrade over him. It would be a perfect complementary fit for quarterback Justin Herbert.
The second earliest I think he could go is 18th in the NFL to the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Brian Flores would love to have a true three-down running back. This would be perfect for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa played with Harris at the University of Alabama.
The most realistic spots at this point in time would be at either No. 20 to the Chicago Bears, No. 22 to the Tennessee Titans, No. 23 to the New York Jets (from the Seattle Seahawks), or No. 24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The team that I see Najee Harris getting selected by is Pittsburgh. Harris would be the best three-down running back they have had since Le’Veon Bell.
In the National Championship Game, Najee Harris rushed for 79 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 79 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Harris finished the season with 1,466 rushing yards on 251 carries and 26 touchdowns. He also caught 43 passes for 425 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
Najee Harris will be the heart and soul of a running back group one day. He is one of the most underrated running backs heading into the NFL next season.
Harris will be ready to have his number called upon at the next level. He will frustrate opposing defensive lineman and linebackers. When Najee Harris gets to the second-level, it will be game over for defensive backs. His speed and his hands will be problems for
Najee Harris will be a fun running back to watch in the NFL. We will see when he gets drafted and how high he also goes in fantasy football drafts next season.
I think at the end of the day, he is going to end up with the Pittsburgh Steelers. One of the reasons why the Steelers need him is because James Conner, Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland, and Jaylen Samuels are not three-down running backs.
Conner is also a pending free agent and Pittsburgh will most likely not re-sign him, even though he has meant a lot to that city. James Conner also played his college football at the University of Pittsburgh.
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