2020 NFL Draft: 7 Intriguing prospects from college football Week 7

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5. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

The term bell-cow gets tossed around a lot in the NFL, but there are only a few. Teams rely on a dual back system instead of grinding it out with one back. For the teams looking for a potential bell-cow will have their eyes on Alabama’s Najee Harris.

The 6-2, 227-pound back just helped Bama defeat the Texas A&M Aggies by carrying the load. Harris finished the game with 20 carries for 114 yards, a 5.7 yards per carry average. He also had three catches and a touchdown to boot.

As a prospect, it’s easy to point to his lack of breakaway speed. But he plays with raw power. He fights for extra yardage and always falls forward and looks to run guys over. In short areas, he has quickness despite his big frame. His style of play is very much old school but he’s fit for today’s game if he’s given the ball 20-plus times per game.

Harris is a tone-setter in the backfield whose value on third downs comes as a blocker. He’s an automatic boost for a team looking to establish an offensive identity. There’s some Arian Foster in his game in the way he runs. We don’t know if he’s the same type of receiver, only the combine and pro day will sort that out. A team could likely grab Harris in the late third or early fourth round.