The Steelers six most likely Pro Bowlers for the 2021 season
By Andrew Falce
Steelers Najee Harris
While a rookie playing in the Pro Bowl isn’t an impossible idea, it certainly doesn’t happen often. This is due to the simple fact that all rookies have some sort of level of transition that they have to make to the pros. Of all positions though, running back is arguably the easiest to make the move, as schemes remain mostly the same and while they face tougher defenses, they typically run behind better pro offensive lines.
This makes Najee Harris one of the favorite rookies to end his first season with a Pro Bowl bid. While the AFC has plenty of deserving backs that will the favorite over him early on, Harris benefits from being on a team with little running back competition, and his status as a back that can also serve as a receiver makes him an intriguing threat from multiple aspects as a rookie.
While the Steelers line could hold him back, expect Harris to produce as a rookie (he better, given his first-round status). If he exceeds some of the expectations laid out for him, he could make the jump to Pro Bowler as early as year one. With the running back position always being an injury-filled one, a top back could see their Pro Bowl hopes dashed by a badly times injury. As well, Harris could simply be the full package and be worthy of making the game on his own accolades. Regardless, he should be one of the odds-on favorite rookies to make the Pro Bowl by the end of the season.