Take into account him a tad biased in the case of all issues operating again. However Jerome Bettis is over the moon that the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Najee Harris within the first spherical of final week’s draft. To Bettis, that is the Steelers realizing they need to return to their roots.
Bettis joined NFL Community’s Good Morning Soccer to speak about it.
“I used to be ecstatic after they made the decide,” Bettis instructed the present. “I believed they didn’t perceive or acknowledge the error of their methods. They went away from the ability operating recreation. With that decide, they realized, ‘We have to get again to operating the soccer.’ It was a dedication that they made and so they additional cemented that with the middle/guard within the third spherical and the offseason acquisitions within the offensive line.”
As Steelers’ followers nicely know, Pittsburgh’s run recreation was horrible final season. After an honest begin to start the yr, they grow to be the league’s most inefficient assault in principally each class. Their common was poor, their success price was low, the run recreation failed to supply massive performs, and changing on third/fourth and brief was a coin flip.
Enter Harris, one of the best again within the draft, and a bruiser at just below 6’2″, 230 kilos.
Bettis says the Steelers drafting Harris is a good match for either side.
“Najee was one of the best and excellent particular person for that chance.”
Harris, like Bettis, has dimension and runs with energy, but in addition has a shocking quantity of quickness to his recreation. He has nice ft to make lateral strikes, like Bettis did, and the flexibility to win in area. The one actual knock on his recreation is an absence of lengthy velocity. Just like Le’Veon Bell, Harris not often hit the house run in school.
Some analysts have criticized the Steelers for taking a operating again within the first spherical. Bettis believes it’s definitely worth the funding, however discovering the workhorse again within the school recreation is hard to do as of late.
“The issue is in school soccer, the operating backs aren’t actually there. They’re all switching to linebacker…till we will begin seeing extra 6’2″, 225-pound operating backs, you’re not going to see [more of them taken in the first round].”
Harris is the primary operating again Pittsburgh’s drafted within the first spherical since Rashard Mendenhall in 2008. He’s simply the third Steelers again taken within the prime spot since 1989. In ’89, the workforce drafted Tim Worley. He performed simply 4 years with the workforce earlier than Pittsburgh traded him to the Chicago Bears. Let’s hope Harris has a greater profession than both of these two.