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Most Likely NFL Teams to Draft Alabama's Najee Harris

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely teams to select running back Najee Harris in the upcoming 2021 NFL draft.
Three of the most likely teams to select running back Najee Harris in the upcoming 2021 NFL draft. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Running back Najee Harris played a major role on an Alabama Crimson Tide team that won the National Championship this past season. He now heads into the NFL Draft as one of the top prospects at his position and will likely be selected in the first round.

A number of NFL teams could use help at the running back position and should view Harris as an immediate game-changing player at the next level. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely teams to select Harris in the upcoming 2021 NFL draft.

Najee Harris Draft Projection

1. Arizona Cardinals (No. 16 Overall)

This is a bit high compared to where many experts have Harris being drafted, but the Cardinals would benefit from taking the powerful ground and pound player. Starter Kenyan Drake left in free agency this offseason and Harris could be the perfect complementary back to Chase Edmonds. Harris averaged 5.8 yards per attempt last season and also racked up 26 rushing touchdowns. His combination of size and speed should allow him to easily transition to the next level. Putting together a strong rushing attack to aide quarterback Kyler Murray before next season kicks off should be amongst the top priorities for the Cardinals.

2. New York Jets (No. 23 Overall)

The New York Jets remain in rebuilding mode as they haven't finished with a record over .500 since 2015. Drafting Harris with the team's No. 23 overall pick would greatly improve a struggling Jets offense. Current projected starter Tevin Coleman has just 597 rushing yards in the last two seasons combined. Plus, Harris has the ability to break a run outside or run over defenders in needed. The Jets have worked to upgrade the receiving core this offseason and are expected to take a quarterback at No. 2 overall. Adding Harris to the mix would give the them a group of offensive weapons that could grow together for years to come.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 24 Overall)

Pittsburgh is set to lose starter James Conner to free agency this offseason and suddenly have a glaring need at the running back position. Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels haven't shown enough improvement to be an unquestioned starter. The Steelers could use a downfield, durable runner capable of playing a majority of the snaps. Harris fits that role perfectly and also brings an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He posted at least 300 receiving yards in each of his last two seasons with the Crimson Tide. With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger known for getting the ball out quickly, Harris could soon become a top option for the veteran.

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