Najee Harris, RB, Alabama - 2021 NFL Draft Player Profile
Najee Harris is arguably the most talked about and debated prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. Should teams take a running back in the first round of the NFL Draft? Teams seldom do each year, but Najee Harris is an elite prospect. He is a featured top option running back. Often described as "Mini Derek Henry," because he possesses a blend of versatility, power, size, and determination every single time he runs the football. He is comfortable with catching out of the backfield and will get even better in the NFL.
Najee also brings a ton of scheme fits especially with blocking. He plays man, gap, power, and zone-based blocking schemes. Harris is a massive running back at 6’2 and 229 pounds. Derek Henry is 6’3 and 238 pounds just to put Harris's size in perspective. Harris didn't start taking off until about his Junior year at Alabama because he had to share carries. Alabama is always loaded with talent. In 2019 Najee Harris had 219 attempts, 1,224 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, and 7 receiving touchdowns. He was even better in 2020. He finished the 2020 season with 251 attempts, 1,466 yards, 26 rushing touchdowns, and 4 receiving touchdowns. Najee Harris is a touchdown machine. He has a good eye at finishing in the red zone.
Harris destroyed the Florida Gators defense in the SEC Championship Game with a record five-touchdown performance. Najee also broke Alabama's career record for rushing touchdowns and rushing yards. He eventually finished the game with 248 rushing yards with five catches for 67 yards including a touchdown. He is an elite running back and worth taking in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He would fit great with the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, and Pittsburgh Steelers.