NFL Draft Prospect Drives Nine Hours To Support Teammates During Pro Day

We all need friends who ride for us in the way that former Alabama Crimson Tide Running Back Najee Harris rides for his former teammates. This week, Harris was scheduled to fly from Dallas, Texas to Birmingham, Alabama to attend the University of Alabama Crimson Tide's Pro Day. Unfortunately, inclement weather delayed his flight and made it impossible for him to fly from Texas to Alabama. Forced to make a game-time decision, Harris decided to drive 640 miles from Dallas to Birmingham. Thankfully, he made it in time to see his teammates shine as they pursue their dreams of playing in the National Football League. Here's the catch! Harris was not scheduled to participate in the day's festivities due to an injury he suffered during his final season with the Crimson Tide. He made this herculean effort to get to Birmingham just to support his friends.

Despite his injury, Harris is projected to be a high pick in this year's NFL Draft. During his junior year, Harris carried the ball more than 200 times for 1,224 yards and seven touchdowns. In his final year with the Crimson Tide, the California native averaged 9.9 yards per carry, scored four touchdowns and racked up nearly 1,500 yards. Harris was also a member of the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship. Harris is currently projected to be selected 24th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Harris is not the only projected first-round draft pick coming out of Tuscaloosa this year. Former Alabama Crimson Tide Quarterback Mac Jones is projected to land at number nine with the San Francisco 49ers. After a Heisman Trophy-winning season, Devonta Smith is projected to land at number eight with the Miami Dolphins.

The 2021 NFL Draft is slated to kick off on Thursday, April 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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