When it comes to their passing game, the Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the most dangerous trios in the form of Chase Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. All three wideouts proved last season that they can be as productive as any other receiving core in the league. With that being said, the Steelers' ground game is the complete opposite of that.
Fortunately for the team and their fans, that should be a distant memory going forward. The Steelers selected former Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris with the No. 24 pick at the 2021 NFL Draft to help breathe life into the backfield. From what he told reporters recently, it sounds like Harris will be "utilized everywhere" in the Steelers' offense.
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Harris went on to add that he's spent a lot of time watching film since getting drafted by Pittsburgh, which should encourage fans. After all, it shows how dedicated the rookie RB is when it comes to the future success of the team.
"I'm going to be utilized everywhere, so they want me to know multiple positions. It's a lot more film work than college, but I don't have school no more, so I'm glad off that. I have no issue with spending that much time in the film room. It's something I like. I'm ready for the challenge. It's something that they picked me for."- Najee Harris
The fact of the matter is that the Steelers could really use Harris' talents to reinvigorate their offense. They ran with James Conner and Benny Snell as their top two RBs in 2020, but neither player excelled as a pass-catcher nor were they that dynamic. By the time the 2020 NFL season ended, the Steelers averaged just 82.5 rushing yards per game, which was, by far, the worst in the league.
Fortunately for the organization, Harris can do it all. Through four seasons with the Crimson Tide, he recorded 4,624 total yards from scrimmage and 57 touchdowns. There's no guarantee that he can replicate that on the NFL stage, but having a resume like that is extremely encouraging.
The Steelers aren't the only ones to have high expectations for Harris in 2021. FanDuel Sportsbook has him listed as being tied for 7th-best odds to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award at +1500.
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