NFL player comparisons for Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris

Steven Jackson #39 of St. Louis Rams. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Steven Jackson #39 of St. Louis Rams. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28). /

Most likely NFL comparison: Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon is a running back that seems to fly under the radar – perhaps it’s because he has played for one of the NFL’s worst teams over the past four years. However, I think he could be the most likely NFL player comparison for Najee Harris in the NFL.

At 6’1” and 228 pounds, Mixon has terrific size for the position but can do everything at a high level. Though he’s lacking a top gear to go the distance from 80 yards, so is Harris. However, both running backs are remarkably well-rounded when it comes to their rushing, block, and receiving ability.

Mixon wasn’t healthy last year and only played 6 games before his season was cut short. However, in both 2018 and 2019, 1,100 yards and averaged almost 40 catches in each season. Mixon is an efficient running back despite not having a great offensive line to work with, and I can see Najee Harris producing similar results.

Harris also shares a lot of similarities with former Steelers running back, Le’Veon Bell. However, from a size, athletic, and playstyle perspective, the Joe Mixon NFL comparison just makes a lot of sense.

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Though he might not be quite as bruising of a runner, I think Najee Harris could be Steven Jackson if all goes according to plan. While I don’t see him ever hitting the floor of T.J. Yeldon, we have seen some very good Alabama runners not turn out in the NFL. More than likely, Harris will have a  career path that resembles Bengals running back, Joe Mixon.