Running backs are almost never a good value deal in Round 1, and even here, this pick feels a little apprehensive. The Steelers have a lot of other needs to address besides running back. But if there was a running back to legitimate picking in Round 1 this year, it’s Najee Harris.
There was some discussion about whether Harris or Travis Etienne was RB1 early, but Harris now comfortably owns that title after his 2020 season. Harris is a big, powerful back with electric lateral athleticism and explosiveness, and he’s also an elite receiver out of the backfield. He should help revamp the Steelers’ running game on Day 1.