Najee Harris fires back at Todd McShay: 'How is he going to say he saw better production?'
Alabama’s Najee Harris is ready to move on from the NFL Draft process. The running back, who is expected to be picked early in the draft, is not a fan of the constant Zoom meetings with teams, which he said sometimes happen at 9 p.m. and go for an hour, and can be as many as five times per organization.
Harris shared these thoughts with ESPN’s Adam Schefter on a recent podcast. Schefter read McShay’s description to Harris. The ESPN NFL Draft analyst has pegged Harris as a first-round draft pick.
“Harris has excellent size and decent top-end speed. He was a much more decisive runner as a senior, showing oily hips for a big back and playing light on his feet. He gets in and out of breaks quickly, has excellent ball security. He’s a slippery runner between the tackles but he has acceleration limitations.
“Harris showed tremendous improvement as a pass catcher in 2020 with a big-catch radius and an ability to adjust to balls thrown outside his frame. He also shows good aggressiveness in pass pro.”
“I think he can kiss my ass,” Harris replied. “How is he going to say he saw better production?
“I did not play freshman and sophomore year. So, I didn’t have an opportunity to show I can catch. It’s not because I can’t. It’s because I wasn’t in the game to show I could catch. Let’s stop looking at the stats sheet there and watch the game.”
Schefter also read a report from ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
“6-2, 232, what I like most about Harris, and it’s why he’s my top-ranked running back, is his receiving ability. Caught 70 passes over the past two seasons and had 11 receiving touchdowns. He can be a three down back in the NFL, downside about him is that he’s had a whopping 718 touches at Bama, including 460 carries over the past two seasons. He’s taken a lot of punishment. He finished the 2020 season with 1,466 rushing yards and 26 rushing scores. He also led the FBS with 47 carries of at least 10 yards. All he does is produce. What do we think of that?”
Harris replied, “What you guys do is you look at the stat paper and you guys criticize people off the stat paper. But you never really ask the person, are you hurt? He just said I had all those carries and stuff and that’s where and tear. You ask me, dude I would want 700 more carries. I never had no surgeries, I never got hurt, I never missed a game because of injuries. What are you talking about?”