Travis Etienne, Najee Harris on Franco Harris’ 2021 NFL Draft wishlist for Steelers
With the 2021 NFL Draft almost here, teams are likely already in the final stages of preparation when it comes to the players that they will select with their picks. The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of those teams, as they are armed with the 24th overall pick in the first round.
While it remains unclear which player the Steelers will select with the pick, former fullback Franco Harris already has a couple of offensive players in mind.
Franco Harris: "We're not pounding it in there and having running backs do their thing. We need a running back that can really make a difference. This Harris kid is a tough kid. I feel he could really make a difference. Him or Travis Etienne from Clemson." #Steelers
— Steelers Depot ✌️❤️✌️❤️ (@Steelersdepot) April 28, 2021
If it were up to Harris, the Steelers should invest in a young running back, specifically Alabama’s Najee Harris or Clemson’s Travis Etienne. According to the four-time Super Bowl champion, the team lacks running backs who can “make a difference,” adding Harris or Etienne to a Steelers offense would address that need.
The 23-year-old Harris is coming off a strong senior season for the Crimson Tide, finishing with 256 carries, 1,466 rushing yards, and 26 touchdowns while helping Alabama to the National Championship. Not to be outdone, Etienne also made a mark for the Tigers in his senior season, as he ended up with 168 carries, 914 rushing yards, and 14 touchdowns.
As Harris said, both players are talented and could potentially make a difference for the Steelers. Pittsburgh is coming off a 2020 season that saw them win their first 11 games of the season before finishing with a 12-4 record and losing to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card Round, 48-37. While it is unclear if Harris or Etienne will end up in a Steelers uniform, their legendary former player certainly hopes that they will use their first round pick on a talented running back.