Feb
16
2021

Draft Profile: Najee Harris

Najee Harris

Alabama-RB, 6’2” 230 Pounds

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Power Runner
  • Athleticism
  • Vision
  • Balance
  • Yards After Contact
  • Three Down Back

Weaknesses:

  • Break Away Speed
  • Blocking Awareness

Summary:

Harris was one of the top running backs coming out of high school. He selected The University of Alabama but was heading to a school with a loaded backfield. Alabama had players like Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, and Josh Jacobs. This limited his playing time in his first two years at Alabama.

In 2019 Harris earned the starting role in the backfield and dominated. Harris averaged 5.9 yards per carry, totaling 1,224, and added 13 touchdowns. Along with his rushing ability, he showed he can be a complete back adding 27 catches for 304 yards. Harris could have entered the draft last year and been a top back then but decided to go back to school, which was a great choice.

In 2020 Harris improved his average per run to 6.1. Also, in a shortened season, he increases his yards to 1,387 yards and 24 touchdowns while improving his receiving game for 36 catches for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

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Starting Traits:

Harris has demonstrated that he can be a three-down back that past two seasons at Alabama. As read in the stat lines above, he is an above-average blocker. He uses his size to his advantage in power running and rarely is tackled by the first contact. Harris uses his quickness to hit the hole and doesn’t lose his momentum.

In the open field, Harris has depressive speed. He may not clock a 4.4 40, but on film, he tends to run away from defensive backs. He can rip off long runs when it looks like he might be jammed up.

In the passing game, Harris has shown improvement every season. In 2020 he became an asset on the pass protection game as Alabama’s pass offense became more prolific.

Areas for Improvements:

While Harris improved in his pass protection, he still had difficultly locating where the blitz was coming from when he knew the blitz-er wasn’t getting past him.

Draft Projections:

Harris is projected to be a late first early second-round pick. We could easily see him go as high as 18 to the Miami Dolphins with their second pick.