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Name: Najee Harris - Position: HB

Height: 6'2 - Weight: 230

School: Alabama

Pro ceiling: Jeremy Hill + Royce Freeman

Analyst : JT Olson

Receiving – Harris has very good hands. He runs a variety of routes at a high level and will be a multidimensional weapon at the next level.

 

Blocking – uses his large frame to stonewall defenders as a personal protector. Also bring value as a lead blocker when not asked to be the ball carrier. 

 

Strength- keeps the legs moving forward. Can drag tacklers and push the pile. Arm tackles are not going to get the job done.

 

Vision – does well to find the crease and typically reads his blocks well. Can find cutback lanes and take advantage of over pursuing linebackers. 

 

Ball security – Basically never puts the ball on the ground. Has fumbled three times in his four year career at Alabama. 

Burst – doesn’t accelerate particularly well. Won’t explode through the whole and takes time to build up to top speed.

 

Elusiveness – his cuts are a little lethargic. Won’t consistently make a defender miss in space.

 

Speed – top speed is very average. Not an explosive playmaker and won’t always be able to beat defenders to the edge.

 

Leverage – at 6’2 his long legs present a large target. Difficult to consistently get his pad level lower than his opponent to maximize his power. 

Games watched: Missouri 2020, Ohio State 2020, Georgia 2020, Florida 2020

Harris is a three down back with an intriguing blend of workhorse power and build as well as high level receiving threat. While his lack of explosiveness may prevent him from being a 1,000 yard rusher consistently, his versatility as a pass catcher will make him a viable starting option for many years. 

 

Best Fits: Teams that run majority inside concepts and throw the ball a lot will find Harris to be a great fit. Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay would be ideal landing spots.