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5 minutes ago, DJB said:

Najee is still my #1 RB and its not even close. 

 

I'm totally good with him being the choice. Teams have had a year to study Josh and Daboll and what we do on O to gamelan for it. 

 

We saw teams catch up with McVay and the Rams once they were figured out. 

 

Najee helps us stay a step ahead. 

You realize we had the 2nd best offense last year even with a below average running game? I understand wanting to fix it but we also have to get better on defense. 

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ok this now solidifies that the Bills wont be drafting Harris

7 minutes ago, The Jokeman said:

You realize we had the 2nd best offense last year even with a below average running game? I understand wanting to fix it but we also have to get better on defense. 

 

I absolutely agree that we need to be much better on D. However our biggest need of a DE isn't going to be available at 30. We need a corner as well as a big nickle and perhaps one of those players are available. 

 

I just hope we draft the best value player on the board and not reach for a need. Najee could very well be the BPA at 30. 

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19 hours ago, Rigotz said:

An RB in Round 1 is possible.

Najee Harris, in Round 1, is nearly impossible.

 

He's a very similar player to the two guys we just drafted in the third round.

He doesn't stretch the field sideline to sideline (which is what we need).

He wouldn't have a big enough added impact to justify a 1st round pick.

 

People who don't really understand what our offense needs or just think "NAJEE IS GUD, HE FROM BAMA AND BIG LIKE HENRY" will disagree, but it's a fact.

A lot of smart people would say Najee makes the most sense for our offense of any of the RBs in this class (not to say those that prefer Etienne are not smart, just saying a lot of people think Najee is precisely the type of RB we need).

 

Having said that, I remain vehemently against taking a RB in Round 1. I'm not going to lose my mind if that's the direction they ultimately go, but it would be very disappointing.

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2 hours ago, auburnbillsbacker said:

It seems like half of the smoke screens fail for this reason.  When teams try to mislead others by leaking false information every other teams learns who they don't actually want.  Maybe the Bills really want Harris, so they leak that they want him so other teams think that they don't really want him.  

It seems like half of the smoke screens fail for this reason.  When teams try to mislead others by leaking false information every other teams learns who they don't actually want.  Maybe the Bills really want Harris, so they leak that they want him so other teams think that they don't really want him.  

It seems like half of the smoke screens fail for this reason.  When teams try to mislead others by leaking false information every other teams learns who they don't actually want.  Maybe the Bills really want Harris, so they leak that they want him so other teams think that they don't really want him.  

It seems like half of the smoke screens fail for this reason.  When teams try to mislead others by leaking false information every other teams learns who they don't actually want.  Maybe the Bills really want Harris, so they leak that they want him so other teams think that they don't really want him.  

So it’s a 4D smokescreen?

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9 hours ago, The Governor said:

That’s kinda how I feel about him too. He seems like a one-trick pony similar to Spiller and speed doesn’t always translate well. Give me the big guy. We definitely need more than a “water bug” or whatever Chan called it.

Why the comparison to spiller, who was 20 lb lighter and not built like a lead back. You don’t see a lot of 215 lb “water bugs” ... never seen etienne in this category, ever.

They are both explosive backs but contact balance, decision making, body composition all different 

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2 hours ago, YoloinOhio said:

Imagine you are every other afc team on draft night and goodell annnounces “With the 30th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills select Najee Harris, Running Back, University of Alabama.”

 

I see a lot of DCs swearing, breaking things, and lighting that “blueprint” they’ve been working on all offseason to stop the Bills offense on fire. 

 

 

Oh offseason fantasies that never translate to the field......

 

In reality those DC's are saying thanks for not picking a top quality OL who might actually improve their line of scrimmage deficiencies of 2020 and instead drafting yet another 4.5-4.6 speed runnin' back who is now so invested-in that you will feel inclined to take the ball out of Josh Allen's hands more often than you should.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, DJB said:

 

I absolutely agree that we need to be much better on D. However our biggest need of a DE isn't going to be available at 30. We need a corner as well as a big nickle and perhaps one of those players are available. 

 

I just hope we draft the best value player on the board and not reach for a need. Najee could very well be the BPA at 30. 

Good thing BPA trumps need.

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10 minutes ago, Jay_Fixit said:

Good thing BPA trumps need.

And “needs” are ever evolving because you can’t forecast injuries  so outside of QB and specialty positions like K or P, you pick the highest player on your board. That’s what you spent months upon months building. When you get to the late rounds and the lines blur between players you might dip into different positions for “need” (like Beane said they did with Dane Jackson last year)

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7 minutes ago, Canadian Bills Fan said:

When will Najee run the 40? will he do it before the draft?

He might not run it at all due to the ankle injury. Dobbins did the same last year.

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10 minutes ago, Canadian Bills Fan said:

When will Najee run the 40? will he do it before the draft?

I don't think he's expected to run and he shouldn't feel the need to do so. Everyone knows he's likely a 4.55ish guy.

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I wouldn’t hate going with Harris if he really is the best player on the board and there isn’t a trade down available. The number one need this team has is a pass rusher but at pick 30 that isn’t going to come easy. So if they think Harris adds a needed component to the offense then I am fine with it.

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4 hours ago, bobblehead said:

With the run they are getting now, have to believe that neither Harris nor Etienne will be available at 30 

Good...less temptation 😉

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5 hours ago, BADOLBILZ said:

 

 

Oh offseason fantasies that never translate to the field......

 

In reality those DC's are saying thanks for not picking a top quality OL who might actually improve their line of scrimmage deficiencies of 2020 and instead drafting yet another 4.5-4.6 speed runnin' back who is now so invested-in that you will feel inclined to take the ball out of Josh Allen's hands more often than you should.

 

 

 

Yea......my fear is they will draft Harris and go back to more of a balanced/run dependent offense and in turn take the ball out of the best player on the fields hands(Josh Allen)more often than they should.... I can’t see offensive line honestly. They seem to love Ford and investing in a high pick at offensive line could suggest they are waving the white flag on him.....I don’t see them going there yet. 
 

My hope is simply BPA no matter the position... Beane doesn’t really go that route though. He more do goes BPA at a position of need. 

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On 3/29/2021 at 9:36 PM, Turk71 said:

Adequate quantity and variety at rb?

Who is the Bill's power back? 205lb Moss?

What you need is a 3 down guy who can do it all. Then you're never signalling your intentions.

  Quantity and variety? How about the things that matter the most, talent and team fit? 

  Harris would be a beast in a spread offense, forcing defenders back into the box and opening up the field. The guys the Bills have need more run blocking focus and the Bills line isn't built for that.

  I'm not saying the Bills should necessarily move up for him, but if he's there at 30.....

 

 

If the Bills don't go RB in the first 3 rounds, there's a couple of guys under the radar that might fit the bill. 

 

Kylin Hill has been mentioned. Here's another one: Deon Jackson, 5' 11", 218lbs, 4.32 40. 

 

Ok production at Duke for a guy that shared the load. Upside of the that is not a lot of wear and tear.

 

Seems to have good hands and is dynamic on wheel and go routes.

 

One cut runner gets up field quick and is an effective short yardage back. 

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47 minutes ago, ScottLaw said:

Yea......my fear is they will draft Harris and go back to more of a balanced/run dependent offense and in turn take the ball out of the best player on the fields hands(Josh Allen)more often than they should.... I can’t see offensive line honestly. They seem to love Ford and investing in a high pick at offensive line could suggest they are waving the white flag on him.....I don’t see them going there yet. 
 

My hope is simply BPA no matter the position... Beane doesn’t really go that route though. He more do goes BPA at a position of need. 

 

 

I don't really expect OL but we were in the "what would opposing DC's think about the Bills pick" realm of imagination.

 

It's a relatively strong draft for OT and WR.  

 

Typically, positions of strength like that will lead to several instances in that draft where that position has the BPA when you pick.

 

 I could see them selecting an OL to compete for the RG position now and eventually be capable of succeeding Williams or Dawkins. 

 

Job 1 of this organization has to be to keep Josh Allen healthy and productive.........teams are going to want to load up on defensive pieces to pressure and disrupt Allen and his receivers.......the easiest way to counter a myriad of high quality additions to opposing defenses is to field an exceptional OL and continue to give him extra time to throw anyway.      

 

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37 minutes ago, Motorin' said:

 

If the Bills don't go RB in the first 3 rounds, there's a couple of guys under the radar that might fit the bill. 

 

Kylin Hill has been mentioned. Here's another one: Deon Jackson, 5' 11", 218lbs, 4.32 40. 

 

Ok production at Duke for a guy that shared the load. Upside of the that is not a lot of wear and tear.

 

Seems to have good hands and is dynamic on wheel and go routes.

 

One cut runner gets up field quick and is an effective short yardage back. 

 

 

Every year some relative nobody RB(or multiple) that no draftnik was really too excited about comes into the NFL and produces like you'd hope your early rounder would.

 

James Robinson for Jax was that guy last year..........everybody who hates drafting RB's early and was playing with mock drafts was at least occasionally throwing him into their 6th or 7th round.........never sooner........and he comes in and puts up numbers on a terrible team that you'd think only a player like that Najee Harris or Etienne could.

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