3 reasons Steelers made the right call with Najee Harris in the first round

Najee Harris #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Najee Harris #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (22). Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Watching his film gets me excited to see him in black and gold

He is a somewhat shifty power runner with great vision. We will see him stiff arm and flat-out run over defenders on multiple occasions this season. He is a big, sturdy, and hardnose runner that broke records at Alabama.

He can run the ball, he can catch the ball, and he can block in pass protection. He combined for 30 total touchdowns in his senior season. 26 of those touchdowns were rushing touchdowns. Fun fact, in 2020 Trevor Lawrence threw 24 touchdowns and Justin Fields threw 22. If your running back is finding the endzone on the ground more often than two of the best college quarterbacks are finding it through the air, you have a pretty good one.

Harris has a nose for the endzone, and he turns 3-yard gains into 8-yard gains pretty regularly. With his size and build, he should be able to handle the workload. The Steelers still have work to do with the offensive line in this draft, but Harris makes the run game serviceable by himself.

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If you are a fan of ‘taking the best player available’ the Steelers have probably just done that in drafting Najee Harris. They also filled arguably their biggest need on the roster aside from the center position. I’d say the Steelers did very well for their first pick.