Kevin Colbert is hoping Najee Harris can build off his rookie campaign
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Najee Harris broke Franco Harris' rookie franchise rushing record this past season with 1,200 yards. Franco rushed for 1,055 yards in 1972, which was a 14-game schedule then.
Harris finished the season fourth in rushing, which is truly impressive given the offensive line he was running behind. He also also didn't fumble on 381 total touches in the regular season. His only fumble of the season came in the wild-card game loss to the Chiefs.
Overall, it was an impressive season for Harris, as he was named the Steelers' rookie of the year and made the Pro Bowl as a replacement.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert spoke with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, and said he's hoping for Najee to take a leap in Year 2.
“I hope Najee can build off of what he did for us last year," Colbert said. "It was a good start. It wasn’t the start he envisioned. I think he thinks there’s more. We think there’s more.”
In order for Harris to build off his rookie campaign, Colbert will have to boost the offensive line with some top-tier talent, especially in the interior. Overall, the center and guard position in this year's draft is considered weak, but Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green at 20th overall makes sense if all the top quarterbacks are off the board, which will likely be the case.