Report: Miami Dolphins have done ‘extensive work’ on Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Javonte Williams

Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Javonte Williams

The Miami Dolphins are one of the prime candidates to take one of the top running backs in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The team reportedly has done “extensive work” on the University of Alabama’s Najee Harris, Clemson University’s Travis Etienne and North Carolina University’s Javonte Williams.

“The Dolphins have had multiple virtual meetings/conversations with top running back prospects Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Javonte Williams heading into next week’s draft, and it would be surprising if the Dolphins once again bypass the position during the first two rounds,” the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson wrote.

“According to sources, the Dolphins have spent a significant amount of time with Alabama’s Harris, while North Carolina’s Williams and Clemson’s Etienne have had multiple Zoom sessions with the Dolphins staff and front office.”

Miami is looking to improve a backfield that was led by Matt Breida, Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin last season.

An improved running game would certainly help the Dolphins develop quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in 2021.

Miami has two first round picks, No. 6 and No. 18, and it is possible that one of these three running backs is in play with the No. 18 pick or with Miami’s second-round selection.