Name: Najee Harris
Position: Running Back
Height: 6’1 ⅞”
Weight: 230 lbs
Overall Rank: No. 19 overall
Position Rank: RB1
Strengths: A powerful, productive runner with an NFL frame and three-down ability. Harris can run with power and motor over defenders but he also shows a smoothness to his game with agility to bounce runs outside the tackle box. He’s known for leaping defenders but he’s capable of putting them on the ground, too. A high-character, well-mannered player who returned for his senior season; Harris showed improvements in the passing game in 2020 and leaves Alabama as a well-rounded, three-down player. He’s a talented short-area runner with power, burst and creativity as a ball-carrier. Ball security is not an issue. Harris knows how to follow his blocks to daylight and is the definition of an NFL-style runner with a blend of power, agility, and vision. In the passing game, Harris showed in 2020 refined hands but perhaps most importantly an ability to handle pass-rushers as a blocker.
Weaknesses: Carrying a heavy load at Alabama is something teams must consider; Harris had nearly 300 touches in 2020. He’s a bit of a mauler as a runner and doesn’t flash run-away speed in the open-field. His instincts at times are questionable in terms of seeing and feeling where openings exist. He’s also run behind an all-world offensive line at Alabama. Harris has to learn to slow down his mind to better see the field.
What I Love: Harris’ all-around game is special. He’s a punishing back at 230 pounds but he’s a smooth route-runner with soft hands and a sturdy base in pass protection. It’s rare to see three down skill sets like his from a college runner, which is why he’s RB1 in the class.
NFL Comparison: Matt Forte
Position Specific Traits:
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Ball Security: +++
Contact Balance: ++
Curious why you had Etienne going to the Bills instead of Najee in your latest mock. Also, if Najee slides to the second round, will he make it to the Dolphins' pick?
If he's on the clock at 24 I think the Steelers run to the podium.