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Steelers take Najee Harris at No. 24

As the 2021 NFL Draft nears, Peter King breaks down the back half of his mock draft, which sees two AFC contenders draft the running backs they hope will complete their offenses.

Nearly 50 years after taking running back Franco Harris in round one, the Steelers have added another tailback named Harris in the first round of the draft.

At No. 24, the Steelers have selected Alabama running back Najee Harris.

It was a clear need for the Steelers, a need they were determined to address unless Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins had been still on the board. Collins was gone, so Harris was the guy.

The selection shows that the Steelers are determined to create better balance in the offense this year, with a commitment to the running game that was lacking in 2020.