The Steelers have been hooked up with first-round running backs throughout the pre-draft process, and everyone, including, was proven correct. With the No. 24 pick, Pittsburgh selected the Alabama running back Najee harris.
Initially buried in the depth chart, the Alabama product exploded as a junior in 2019 averaging 5.9 yards per bag. Then he passed the draft to make for an even more impressive 2020 season.
Harris helped Tide capture another National Championship as he racked up 1,466 yards on the ground with similar efficiency (5.8 YPC). Those totals, along with 43 grabs for 425 yards and 30 total touchdowns, positioned Harris as one of the strongest prospects in the ’21 class.
Harris was connected to several needy RB squads throughout the pre-draft process. While the prospect may lack the explosiveness of the best running backs in the NFL, he is a dependable running back who can contribute in all aspects of offense. Those skills should allow Harris to see the field immediately for his new team. This is especially true in Pittsburgh, as the team lost the best running back. James conner earlier this offseason. Harris will likely take the veteran’s place at the top of the depth chart, with Benny snell, Anthony McFarland, Y Kalen ballage serving as possible backup copies.
With this pick, Alabama has tied the 2004 Miami squad for the most first-round picks in a single draft. Alabama’s count is currently six: Harris, WR Jaylen waddle (No. 6, Dolphins), CB Patrick Surtain II (No. 9, Broncos), WR DeVonta Smith (No. 10, Aguilas), QB Mac Jones (No. 15, Patriots) and OL Alex Leatherwood (No. 17, Raiders).