Rookie Profile – Najee Harris Sample

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Najee Harris - RB - University of Alabama

The best rookie RB of the class, here we delve into the profile for Najee Harris. We all know the highlight plays, big stiff arms, and iconic hurdles from Najee Harris. He surprised many when he announced his return for his senior season to the University of Alabama, but greatly improved in multiple areas from the 2019 to 2020 season. Playing four years, he accrued many accolades and accomplishments including the Doak Walker Award, Second Team All-SEC, First Team All-SEC, unanimous All-American, two SEC Championships (2020 MVP), and two National Championships with the Tide.

Measurables

Age: 23

Height: 6′ 2″

Weight: 230 lbs

40-yard dash: DNP

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: DNP

Broad Jump: DNP

Bench Press: DNP

College Career Stats

Rushing Receiving
Year
Team
Class
GP
Att
Yds
YPA
TD
Rec
Yds
YPC
TD
2017
Alabama
Fr.
10
61
370
6.1
3
6
45
7.5
0
2018
Alabama
So.
15
117
783
6.7
4
4
7
1.8
0
2019
Alabama
Jr.
13
209
1224
5.9
13
27
304
11.3
7
2020
Alabama
Sr.
13
251
1466
5.8
26
43
425
9.9
4
College Career

Harris was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school, and in the top 8 all-time recruits to commit to the University of Alabama, per 247 sports. As a true freshman, Najee was able to carve out a solid workload throughout 10 games. He competed for touches with current NFL players such as running backs Josh Jacobs, Damien Harris, Bo Scarborough, and dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts. Following up his solid freshman year Harris had an equally efficient sophomore season with twice as many carries. He was still competing with Josh Jacobs, Damien Harris, and newcomer Brian Robinson. With Jacobs and Harris both declaring for the draft in 2019, Najee was the clear lead back and delivered a breakout season with 1500+ all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns. Many considered Najee as a top-tier running back prospect and everyone assumed he would declare for the draft in 2019. Surprising to many, Najee made the decision to return to the University of Alabama for his senior season. Somehow he was able to improve upon his breakout season putting up almost 1900 all-purpose yards and 30 total touchdowns. He also showed growth from his junior to senior season on tape, improving his burst and showing he’s even more capable in the receiving game.

Scouting Report

Positives:

Najee Harris looks like he is primed to be a 3 down workhorse in the NFL with great size at 6’1” and 230 lbs. He consistently improved every year, especially in the receiving game. He not only showed he could be a capable receiver out of the backfield, but he also ran legitimate routes with reliable hands.  Harris utilizes his big frame in his powerful running style, demonstrating solid contact balance and power. He showed great elusiveness, being able to “make defenders miss in a phone booth”. If a defender does get close to making contact, Najee will show off his signature hurdle or stiff arm.  Behind the line of scrimmage, Harris showed top-tier vision and patience, allowing blockers to set up in front of him and find the hole or cutback lanes. Najee rarely gets caught in the backfield, always seeming to fall forward or evade tackles. All in all, Najee is a very well-rounded running back, not lacking in many areas.

Negatives:

Najee will be entering his rookie year at the age of 23. That is fairly old to be entering the NFL, especially at the running back position. That being said, he doesn’t show any signs that he wouldn’t be able to at least play out his first contract. On film, most of his concerns are very nit-picky, as he truly is a top-tier prospect in this class. A potential concern is his lack of straight-line speed. He definitely is not a burner, but his game speed looks fast enough to not be a major concern. There are times that Najee would seek out contact, appearing to try to break off a big run instead of taking what is there. This can be worrisome when he gets to the NFL as those hits are coming from bigger and faster defenders.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital:

Round 1

Landing Spots:

Najee would be a great fit for any team that is running back needy and wants an immediate boost to their backfield. He can instantly provide a day one, three-down workhorse, or fill a more niche role exceptionally well. There are very few landing spots in the NFL where Najee would not pan out as his skill set is so versatile. Prime landing spots with needs at the running back position would be the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and the Atlanta Falcons.  

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