Draft Profile: RB Najee Harris, Alabama

Steve Johnson

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Pos. RB
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 230
Class: 4SR
College. Alabama
DOB: 3/9/98

2017: 14 games. 61 att, 370 yards, 3 TDs; 6 rec, 45 yards
2018: 15 games. 117 att, 783 yards, 4 TDs; 4 rec, 7 yards
2019: 13 games. 209 att, 1224 yards, 13 TDs; 27 rec, 304 yards, 7 TDs
2020: 13 games. 251 att, 1466 yards, 26 TDs; 43 rec, 425 yards, 4 TDs
Misc Stats.

Accolades. 2017 CFP National Champion, 2018 SEC Champion, 2019 Second Team All-SEC, 2020 First Team All-SEC, 2020 SEC Championship Game MVP, 2020 SEC Champion, 2020 First Team All-SEC, 2020 Consensus All-American, 2020 Doak Walker Award, 2021 CFP National Champion,

Injury History.

History. Five-star recruit from Antioch, CA. Was a two-time USA Today All-American. A consensus top 3 recruit by all 4 major recruiting outlets. Rushed for nearly 8,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in 3 seasons at Antioch High School.

Strengths. Great size and build. Lower body strength is exceptional. Natural, fluid, and effortless runner. Nimble feet for his size. Very patient runner when running inside. Excellent leaper, perfectly times hurdles as good as anyone. Great stiff arm. Almost always falls forward and really hard for solo tacklers to bring down. Underrated pass catcher, and route runner, was used in a ton of wheel routes. Also has some experience being split out wide. Willing and effective blocker.

Weaknesses. Isn’t a burner. Doesn’t have great top end speed, agility or burst. Some may think Derrick Henry, but he doesn’t run nearly as violent as the former Bama back. Surrounded by talent up front and outside throughout career.

Overview. Another Alabama running back prospect to be exited about, Harris is the most well rounded back in this year’s class. He doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses, as he has the power, good feet and can contribute on third down. He’s not as powerful as Henry, but he’s a much better pass catcher. He’s better than Jacobs in my opinion.

Evaluation based on. South Carolina 19′, Georgia 20′, Ole Miss 20′, Notre Dame 20′

Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round Pick

Draft Grade: 6.49

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