May 5, 2021

2021 NFL Draft Preview: Najee Harris

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (22) runs the ball against Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Pete Werner (20) during the third quarter in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Not that many (really any) have had any success at the NFL level, but Nick Saban and the Alabama football program has once again produced a big power back in Najee Harris.

Harris is a big and violent and will run through the contact.

We have watched Harris drag multiple tacklers to gain extra yardage. And we are talking SEC/Big Ten, NFL size and ready tacklers, not varsity high school sized and talent players like in the ACC.

Harris has soft hands, which makes him a big threat in the passing game coming out of the backfield.

Harris does need to work getting lower and not being such a target for his tacklers.

There is also a concern of his durability. While he thrives on dishing out the punishment to his tacklers, how will this effect his workload and his health as he takes all those hits from NFL grown players as the 17 game regular season (not just 12 game college season) takes its toll.

In 4 seasons, Harris had 638 rushes with 3,843 rushing yards (6.0 ypc) and 46 TDs. Harris also also had 781 receiving yards and 11 TDs.

Harris helped carry Alabama to a convincing National Title run in 2020, with helping make Alabama the clear cut best and being part of the domination over the second best team of 2020, Ohio State..

Harris will either be a late first round or early second round pick This is more of a lack of running back needs in the first round, not a lack of talent from Harris.