Rapoport says most teams believe Najee Harris will be the Steelers pick at No. 24 if he's available
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The 2021 NFL Draft is just two days away and speculation will continue to grow on who goes where up until the night of the event.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported something interesting in regards to the running back prospects this morning, saying that most teams have Alabama's Najee Harris, Clemson's Travis Etienne and North Carolina's Javonte Williams as the top three running backs in the draft. The order varies, however. Also, most teams believe Harris will be the Steelers pick at 24th overall if he's available. If Harris is gone, Williams could be the Steelers guy. He also said that Etienne is the most NFL-ready passing back, which isn't surprising.
If Harris is off the board when the Steelers pick at 24th overall and Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins is also not available, then it would be wise for the Steelers to trade back in the first round or the early second, as they would likely still be able to get Williams and would get some draft capital in the process. The Steelers have a lot of holes on their roster, so they could use as many picks as they can get. Rapoport believes without a doubt that Harris would be the Steelers' selection if he falls to them at 24 though.
Cynthia Frelund of NFL.com wrote a scenario where the Packers trade up with the Steelers from 29th overall to No. 24, along with giving the Steelers a third-round pick (No. 92) and Pittsburgh sending a fourth-round pick (No. 140) to Green Bay.