7 Senior Bowl players for the Lions to watch out for on offense
Najee Harris, RB – Alabama
Now, this is going to make fans everywhere very angry no doubt…
No, I’m not suggesting the Lions take another running back high in the draft. No, I’m not saying we give up on running back D’Andre Swift. However, let’s remember our new GM’s history with the position. The Rams spent a top 10 pick on Todd Gurley and in the past two drafts has spent two Day Two picks on Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson.
Let’s also not forget that Dan Campbell is going to want to establish the run, especially for those cold-weather late-season games. Swift did some nice things last year, but I wouldn’t say with 100% confidence he was a 25+ touchback so it’s fair to expect there may be a desire to bring in more of a physical back to pair with him.
And let’s be honest Najee can do it all. You’ve seen the hurdle after all. No, not that one. This one …
Whilst the college playoff semi-final was a primetime showcase of his athletic gifts, the fourth down catch and run vs South Carolina in 2019 was every bit as impressive. Throwing someone to the ground, THEN the hurdle, THEN breaking another tackle to score … that shows his play-making ability.
Harris surprisingly came back to school for his senior season and has boosted his stock. In a class with no true first-rounders, he may again get pushed up into the end of the first. However, last year we saw that teams will often wait on running backs and I think there is a good chance he’s available in Round 2.
Do I want the Lions to pull the trigger? No, categorically not and I think it’s a waste of resources especially given the current roster. However, is this week a great chance for fans to get to know a super-talented player a little bit better? Sure.
Now, let’s hope he doesn’t end up elsewhere in the NFC North.