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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: RB Najee Harris

Positional ranking: #2

Big Board ranking: #15



Position: RB

College: Alabama

Class: Senior

Age: 23



Height: 6’2”

Weight: 230 lbs.

Arm length: N/A

Hand size: N/A


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: N/A

Vertical jump: N/A

Broad jump: N/A

Bench press: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

Short shuttle: N/A



Tremendous combination of size and athleticism. Excellent feet for a bigger back. Great vision and ability to make cuts in traffic. Decisive overall runner. Very effective jump cuts. Outstanding power and balance. Thick lower half and well-built frame in general. Can brush off arm tackles. Strong stiff arm. Patient and usually recognizes cutback opportunities. Ideal pacing at the second level. Very good acceleration and overall explosiveness. Has the finesse/elusiveness of a smaller runner. Plus speed in the open field. Routinely hurdled defenders. Tight spin move and juke move. Innate feel for breaking out ball-carrier moves. Will lower his shoulder to pick up positive yards and convert short-yardage situations. Often lunges/reaches to maximize yardage. Nose for the end zone. Exceptional receiver. Extremely smooth catching the ball. Impressive route runner. Tough cover on option routes out of the backfield. Good on screen passes. Receiving skills remain high down the field. Has experience lining up outside. High-character individual that returned for his senior year and made significant strides as a player.



Could improve in blitz pickup and blocking in general.


NFL comparison

Matt Forte



Overall, Harris is an all-around back with impressive power and athleticism, but he is also a phenomenal pass-catcher for a player of his size. Teams should take advantage of Harris’ complete skillset as a potential offensive centerpiece, and he is undoubtedly worth a first-round selection.


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