Najee Harris will do drills, won’t run 40 at Alabama Pro Day Tuesday

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Quarterback Mac Jones has drawn a lot of attention ahead of Alabama’s Pro Day workout on Tuesday, but he’s got a lot of company from teammates when it comes to interest from NFL teams.

Running back Najee Harris is another Alabama star expected to go early in the draft. He could be the first running back off the board in April, although his bid for that spot won’t be helped by a 40-yard dash on Tuesday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Harris will not be running the 40 because of an ankle injury he picked up late in his final collegiate season. The injury will not keep him from going through running back drills, so scouts will get a chance to see his work on that front.

Harris ran for 3,843 yards and 46 touchdowns while averaging six yards per carry and adding 11 receiving touchdowns during his time with the Crimson Tide. Whatever he does on Tuesday, that work will likely be enough for some team to use an early pick on a player they hope will follow in the footsteps of Alabama products like Derrick Henry and Mark Ingram at the next level.

8 responses to “Najee Harris will do drills, won’t run 40 at Alabama Pro Day Tuesday

  1. Having seen what he did in his college career, as a potential offensive threat, I think I would still invest a first or second round pick on this future star. He has heart, speed and intelligence. Would be a perfect Buffalo Bill

  2. An ankle injury he picked up late in the college season?
    It’s the second last day of March. If he isn’t healthy enough to run now that’s either a massive red flag about his ability to stay on the field or he’s much slower than expected.

  3. So an ankle injury that didn’t require surgery – an injury that happened 3 mths ago, is supposedly still nagging. Ok I believe it, wink wink

    Look I think he’s an unbelievable back, but if he was confident that he’d be a 4.45 guy at 235lbs, he’d be running it.

  4. That’s ok, BB already knows his 40 time.

    Of course he does Tylawspick6, after all God knows everything ….right?

  5. The only people who don’t run the 40 are those that don’t want to show a slow time.

    He’s probably running in the 4.6’s

  6. 40 times, vertical leaps, Wonderlics, etc. Does any of this really relate to how well a college player will do in the pros?

    I’m surprised more top prospects don’t participate in pro days and combines. I’m starting to think this is less of a test of athletic ability and more of a test of compliance to what NFL teams want.

    If I’m Harris, I tell teams this: “I played in the SEC against some of the best competition in the country. I practiced every day against one of the best defenses. You want to see what I can do? Watch my game tape!”

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