Taking Najee Harris at # 18.........
Alot has been stated about who we are going to pick/trade at #6. Alot less conversation has been made about #18.
I read a great article from Sports Illustrated that makes the case for Najee Harris at #18. Hes the biggest of the bunch at 230 6'2". My feeling is we already have smaller speedy backs on the roster Lets get a Red Zone monster who can move the chains ,block & be another target for TUA .
SI Alain Poupart:
Let's start with the pros, and the most obvious argument for drafting Harris, which is his all-around game.
Harris is one of three elite running back prospects in the 2021 draft, along with Travis Etienne of Clemson and Javonte Williams of North Carolina.
While Etienne is the home-run threat with the ability to go the distance on any play and Williams is the tackle-breaking machine, Harris is a mix of the two and maybe a better pass catcher than either.
Harris also has great intangibles, most recently evidenced when he drove overnight to attend the Alabama Pro Day to support his teammates even though he wouldn't participate in the workouts.
This matches what former NFL and college head coach Jim Mora Jr. when he recruited Harris for UCLA.
"He's unique," Mora said. "He's unique in terms of his character. He's unique in terms of his toughness, his speed, his ability to find the end zone. He's going to add value not only between the lines and the way he plays the game but he's going to add value to the organization. He’s a kid that’s going to be out in the community doing great things. He's going to be tremendous in the locker room, which is very important in terms of providing leadership.
"This kid is special. There's something about him that's different and you've seen it and I've seen it and every fan has seen it."
The Dolphins did sign Malcolm Brown as a free agent from the Rams in the offseason to join young backs Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed, but all three look more like complementary players and it's entirely possible the organization isn't going to want to pass up the opportunity to get a feature back.
Look at it this way: If the Dolphins are going to take Ja'Marr Chase sixth overall despite having a lot of wide receivers because they don't have a bona fide No. 1 guy, wouldn't it be the same deal with the running backs and taking Harris at 18?
Here's the other factor to consider: Not everybody is convinced that Harris is even the top running back in the class.
NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who previously worked as a scout, has Etienne as his top running back, as does CBSSports.com.
If the Dolphins end up selecting a running back at 18, Harris certainly would make more sense given that he's more complete than Etienne, but the Dolphins just as easily might be able to land Williams in the second round (at 36) and use that 18th overall pick on a different position.
As with the sixth pick, it's going to come down to who the Dolphins feel is the best prospect looking ahead. But it says here that 18 is too high for a running back unless that running back is generational — to use the popular term.
Harris is a great prospect, but he's not generational.
"I think 18 maybe is a little rich," Mora said. "I think a lot of people think he's going to go to Pittsburgh where he kind of can pound up in there, at 24, but I'll tell you this, if the Miami Dolphins take Najee at 18, if I was a Dolphins fan, I'd be excited about it."
BY ALAIN POUPART
I thought this was an interesting article because it didn't argue whether Miami should or shouldn't take Harris but rather .... WHEN.
We pick early in the 2nd round so should they wait?