2021 NFL Draft: Breaking down the top three running backs

Michael Carter #8 of the North Carolina Tar Heels (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Michael Carter #8 of the North Carolina Tar Heels (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Najee Harris #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Najee Harris, Alabama

Harris is the most pro-ready running back in the NFL draft crop. The running backs behind him might need some kind of acclimation time before really becoming effective players at the next level. This player is a physical beast that can run through or over other players between the whistles. If your NFL team is looking for an instant game-changer that brings physicality with him then this is the player for you. Both he and Etienne are going to be solid players at the NFL level. The only concern with Harris will be his age because he will be a 23-year-old rookie. That could scare some teams away during the draft with questions arising from that.

Even though he is a tough downhill runner that ran for over 1,400 yards this season, he is a solid pass-catcher as well. He totaled over 700 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns over the last two seasons at Alabama. He is more of an all-around back than most think going into this draft. Most see his size and physicality and think that is the only thing he can do. This is a great pick on day one of the draft for a struggling offense.

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This class of running backs has some nice playmakers. It will be very interesting to see how NFL teams evaluate their worth in the coming rounds in the NFL draft.