The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and that started in Round 1 when they selected Najee Harris out of Alabama. Leading up to the first round, it always is a guessing game as to who the organization will take.
Will they lean on their team needs?
Will they take the best player available?
Will they draft by position?
Within each of these questions are other questions which go specifically to schools and prospects. What some might not know is how most of the time the current players on the Steelers are finding out who the team picks at the same time as the fans.
Back in March, a fan asked Minkah Fitzpatrick whether the Steelers were going to select Najee Harris. Fitzpatrick played it cool, noting he doesn’t tell the front office what to do, but he did note whoever gets him is going to be lucky, and how he is a beast.
I let the front office do their thing, but whoever gets @ohthatsNajee22 is gonna be lucky...dude’s a beast. https://t.co/dZenvjRsQF— Minkah Fitzpatrick (@minkfitz_21) March 31, 2021
Some might brush this off, but Fitzpatrick tweeted that in March, and on Thursday night, shortly after Harris was selected, Fitzpatrick found the tweet and made it known what he said.
April 30, 2021
Players from Alabama stick together, and why wouldn’t they? The Crimson Tide are the most dominant college football program in the country, and they produce some of the most dominant NFL talent in the game today.
Harris will not just join Minkah Fitzpatrick as Alabama alumni, but also defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs, who was drafted by the Steelers in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Shockingly, the Steelers don’t draft a ton of players from Alabama, but here is hoping Harris follows in Fitzpatrick’s footsteps. In other words, being named to two Pro Bowls and being a 1st team All-Pro twice in his first three seasons. If that happens, fans won’t be thinking twice about the selection of Harris. Instead, they will be looking to find out how they can buy his jersey to rep for the rest of the regular season.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the rest of the 2021 NFL Draft.