2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: RB Najee Harris

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The youngest of five children, Najee Harris grew up in a household ran strictly by his mother, Tianna Hicks. Just prior to his high school years, the family moved from Richmond to Antioch, California. With a father that battled many negative addictions, Harris, his mother, and other siblings formed a very strong bond. Surrounded in a neighborhood filled with gang violence, frequent shootings, and drugs, Harris mentions that he could have easily been sucked into the trap of falling victim to his environment, but he refused to become another statistic. Weathering the storm, Harris became one of the best high school recruits to ever come out of the state. Rated as the top overall recruit in the country, Harris capped off his legendary career at Antioch High School with 7,948 rushing yards and 95 touchdowns—monstrous numbers that helped him finish with the fourth-best mark in state history. Holding more than 50 FBS offers, the star running back elected to play at Alabama. 

Harris is a versatile threat that was a rare case of a backfield rusher who played all four seasons in Tuscaloosa. A tall and upright runner, Harris is a blend of power, determination, and versatility as both a between-the-tackles runner and perimeter rushing threat. A comfortable pass-catcher out of the backfield, he’s made strides in his pass-catching ability every season. A running back that can have passing concepts designed around his abilities, he can routinely put second-level defenders in a bind with schemed patterns to attack coverage. A runner that always seems to fall forward when taking on contact, he’s a highly determined and physical rusher who forces defenders to tackle him to the ground through the echo of the whistle. Harris isn’t a running back who contains multiple gears, as he’s a flat-footed runner that paces his way through defenses. Another key attribute on his resume is his ability to finish drives with touchdowns. Few match Harris’ will and "want to" with getting into the endzone, as he led the country in scores in that area last season.

Ideal Role: Featured top option running back.

Scheme Fit: Multiple scheme fit in both man/gap/power and zone-based blocking scheme.

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