The New England Patriots chose to invest not one but two selections at running back in the NFL Draft despite having one of the most robust running back pools in the game. In the fourth round, Pierre Strong was hit with the first, and Kevin Harris was hit with the second.
Harris, a three-star prospect, only had one power-five scholarship offer after graduating from high school. He agreed and attended South Carolina for his whole three-year collegiate career.
He played in 28 games for the Gamecocks during his time there, starting 16 of those games. He established himself as an effective player along the way.
Harris concluded his stint at Columbia with 358 carries for 1,798 yards and 23 touchdowns despite seeing little action as a true freshman and seeing his output decline as a junior after having offseason back surgery.
As a sophomore in 2020, he was at his finest, leading the SEC in running yards per game. In addition, Harris recorded 35 receptions for a total of 274 receiving yards.
Harris and Strong are the newest members of the Patriots running back depth chart, which previously featured players such as Damien Harris, James White, Rhamondre Stevenson, J.J. Taylor, and Devine Ozigbo.
Did Kevin Harris get drafted?
Kevin Harris, a running back at South Carolina, was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 183rd overall choice in the sixth round.
During his tenure at South Carolina, Harris gained some experience as a receiver out of the backfield. He hauled in 35 receptions for a total of 274 yards and a touchdown during that time.