We are less than two weeks away from the 2021 NFL Draft, and some Steelers fans have put their blinders on when it comes to prospects. With a clear need to upgrade its running game, fans have honed in on Alabama running back, Najee Harris. Of course Harris is viewed as the top back of this class, but based on his position is far from the best value. After posting a poll question on twitter, I quickly discovered the fanbase’s burning passion to have Harris in the black and gold, even if it meant turning their nose to a superior class.
Which #Steelers draft would you prefer?— Michael Beck (@MichaelBeck56) April 15, 2021
A: 24 Christian Darrisaw, 55 Creed Humphrey, 87 Trey Sermon
B: 24 Najee Harris, 55 Quinn Meinerz, 87 Spencer Brown
In my poll I offered two options. In Option A the Steelers would draft two offensive lineman that are more valuable than the spots they are taken, but scoop up a significantly worse running back. In Option B the Steelers get the draft’s top ranked, yet arguable reach, Najee Harris, and reach yet again for Quinn Meinerz, but get good value in Spencer Brown. Bottom line is Option A is the more valuable draft class, while Option B has a better running back.
Nearly 4,000 votes later and fans went with top running back. The results were surprising to me, I almost expected a blow out for the Option A side. But, in the end, Steelers fans went with the player they believe can solely turn the rushing attack around.
These results made me think, why did Steelers fans vote this way? There are two likely scenarios as to why so many would want the running back over the better draft class.
Scenario 1: Fans are so fed up with the rushing attack they just want somebody with star potential to take the spot instead of mediocrity.
Scenario 2: People really don't know what they are doing when it comes to the draft. They only recognize the name ‘Najee Harris’ and bypass the offensive lineman they haven't heard of before.
If it’s the latter, well Kevin Colbert would not make that decision.
While Harris is a talented back, we must keep in mind that his presence alone will not fix the league’s 32nd ranked rushing attack. It all starts up front, and if an offensive lineman who was expected to be taken in the Top 15 falls to 24, I would bet a pretty penny they take him.
But what do you think? Should the Steelers take Najee Harris no matter what? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.