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NFL Draft Odds: Najee Harris Edges Out Travis Etienne in Odds to Be First RB Drafted

Larry Rupp
Najee Harris edges out Travis Etienne in the odds to be the first running back taken in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Najee Harris edges out Travis Etienne in the odds to be the first running back taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Every successful NFL team knows it is vital to have a starting running back capable of pounding the rock and carrying an offense on its back when needed. However, not every team has that player on its roster right now and those front offices could be looking to take one in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.

There is no clear-cut No. 1 option at the running back position this year, but Alabama's Najee Harris currently leads the odds to be the first one drafted. He is the favorite at -105, according to NFL Draft odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook, but is followed closely behind by Clemson's Travis Etienne (+130).

NFL Draft First Running Back Odds

It is no surprise to see Harris atop the odds right now. He excelled during his senior season with the Crimson Tide racking up 1,891 yards from scrimmage on 251 carries and 43 receptions. He scored 30 total touchdowns and played a major role on an offense that won the National Championship.

Etienne also had a great senior season at Clemson rushing for 914 yards on 168 carries, posting 588 receiving yards on 48 receptions and scoring 16 total touchdowns. There is a reason that these two backfield threats have been toe to toe in the rankings all offseason so far.

Filling out the top three in the odds is North Carolina's Javonte Williams (+310). The odds are likely to keep changing as more reports come out about team preferences and overall scheme fits. Nevertheless, these playmakers are sure to make an impact as soon as next NFL season.

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