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3 Most Likely Teams to Draft Najee Harris

Devon Platana
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft Alabama running back Najee Harris.
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft Alabama running back Najee Harris. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Alabama Crimson Tide RB Najee Harris is expected to be one of the first backs selected at the 2021 NFL Draft later this month.

Harris has been a dominant piece in Alabama's offense throughout his time with the program. In college, he registered 4,624 total yards from scrimmage, along with 57 touchdowns, 50 of which came in the last two seasons alone. He's also been a part of multiple All-SEC teams and helped the Crimson Tide to win two national championships.

If Harris can translate his collegiate success to the NFL level, any team that ends up with him should be stoke. With that being said, here's a look at three teams that could draft Harris.

3. Atlanta Falcons (No. 35)

Some mock drafts have Harris falling to the start of the second round depending on how things go. If that happens, the Atlanta Falcons should absolutely use the No. 35 pick on him. Mike Davis is currently the teams' starting running back after releasing Ito Smith on Thursday. Harris would be able to split time with Davis and give the Falcons an extremely versatile backfield.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 25)

Make no mistake about it, undrafted RB James Robinson did a good job at being the Jacksonville Jaguars' No. 1 back last season. However, the team could still be in search of an upgrade if they want to give Trevor Lawrence the best chance to succeed from the start. Harris would help improve one of the worst run attacks in the NFL last season (94.9 rushing yards per game, 29th). Fans would also love the prospect of having a team built around Lawrence and Harris for years to come.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 24)

With James Conner leaving for the Arizona Cardinals in free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers could use a new running back. Benny Snell is the team's current starter, although he has yet to show that he's suited for more than the backup role. Harris would be a welcomed addition to the Steelers backfield, as he can be an every-down back that can run and catch. Pittsburgh also averaged just 82.5 rushing yards per game in 2020 (32nd), so they could use someone as electric as Harris.

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