Najee Harris would excel as the Miami Dolphins early down back.
Round 1 Pick 18
Alabama RB Najee Harris
I was afraid if I did not take Harris at 18, I would not be able to land him. And let me assure you, I am not a huge fan of this pick and taking Harris in the first round this early. But he is the right pick for the Dolphins and the development of Tagovailoa.
Harris is a poor-man’s Derrick Henry, the running back who has led the league in rushing the past two seasons and broke 2,000 yards rushing on the season in week 17. The Dolphins need a power rusher like that who is equally fast and elusive.
Harris is a freak athlete who is averaging around 145 yards per scrimmage per game and just over 2 touchdowns a game with one game left.
The need for a guy who can get yards on early down is apparent, after the mind boggling strategy that the Dolphins came with heading into their matchup against the Bills.
I don’t think Harris would immediately become the top workhorse for the Phins, but he’ll be eased into it similar to the Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Taylor, who has broken out over the past 5 weeks of the season.
If the Phins do decide to wait on running backs, this isn’t a bad draft for that, but Harris could be the best one coming out of the draft and the familiarity with Tagovailoa could provide a major boost for the team’s shakey running game.