Pittsburgh Steelers: 4 possible first-time All-Pro players in 2021

Stephon Tuitt #91 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

RB Najee Harris

I know this one might seem bold, but his chances of Najee Harris becoming an All-Pro during his rookie season might be better than you think. The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t draft a running back in the first round with the intention of him being part of a committee.

As a rookie in 2013, Le’Veon Bell averaged nearly 19 carries per game and over 22 touches per contest. Harris will put up very similar number for the Steelers. While most running backs around the NFL will be doing this as part of a committee (even players like Nick Chubb and Ezekiel Elliott), Harris will be getting a vast majority of the touches for Pittsburgh.

We can assume that Matt Canada’s presence is going to be enough to spark the offense and make the Steelers a much more efficient team in 2021. With likely more play-action and pre-snap motion involved in the offense, this should help Najee Harris by keeping the defense guessing which way the play will go.

Harris clearly has workhorse traits and terrific ability as a receiver. Assuming he gets 250-plus total touches this year (and he probably will if he stays healthy), he could earn All-Pro honors in his very first NFL season.

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Obviously, there’s a chance that none of these four players is awarded an All-Pro at the end of the 2021 season. However, they all have the talent and ability to become the next All-Pros in line for the Steelers. If their play takes a step up, they could each be in contention for this honor in 2021.