Najee Harris Talks Draft, Teammates on Adam Schefter Podcast
Najee Harris recently appeared on the Adam Schefter podcast to talk about the upcoming NFL draft and more.
Harris, a California native who played his high school football in a San Francisco suburb spoke about his hometown team.
"If there was one team talking to me, it was the 'Niners," Harris said. "I still talk to them a lot to this day. But I'm talking to them, Yeah, man, yeah we're going to get in a Zoom meeting," Harris said. "And I look on TV the next day, (and they have the) No. 3 pick. I'm like what the...They ain't picking no damn running back at No. 3."
During his interview with Schefter, Harris said he has had several meetings with the Steelers.
"They had the whole staff there," Harris said. The GM, the defensive staff, they had everybody there. They were chill. The Steelers made it to both of Alabama's Pro Day's last month. Head coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert and offensive coordinator Matt Canada attended the first one. Running backs coach Eddie Faulkner, quarterback coach Mike Sullivan and college scouting coordinator Phil Kreider attended the second one. In fact, Faulkner is the one that put Harris through his running back drills.
Pittsburgh is in desperate need of an upgrade at the running back position after finishing last in yards per carry and rushing yards in 2020.
The 2020 Doak Walker Award winner also mentioned the Bills and Dolphins as teams he has had meetings with leading up to the NFL draft.
When asked about durability concerns after recording 638 carries during his college career, Harris pointed to former Alabama running back Derrick Henry. "I'm 6-foot-2, 230 (pounds)," Harris said. "I can carry the load. I have no issue with that...I train and go about my business so that I can carry the load."
He was asked who he believed is the best RB in the NFL. "A healthy Saquon is the best RB in the NFL," Harris stated. "What he does and what he brings to the table as a pure back, and how elusive he is in the pass game and stuff like that, how fast he is. He's the best for sure."
Harris also praised his teammate Jaylen Waddle. "He's small but he's dynamic. He's explosive. Really really explosive. Closest thing to Tyreek Hill. You gotta see him in person, how he plays how he gets in and out of cuts, how he stops and goes 60 right away.
The 2021 NFL draft will begin on Thursday, April 29th, and will be televised on ESPN.