Rookie safety Harrison Smith was one of two first round selections made by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2012 NFL draft. He was a four year starter at Notre Dame and is looking to make an immediate impact in a very weak Vikings’ secondary.
Smith is a big safety as he is six foot two inches and 213 lbs. However, he is a smart and athletic safety as well and will be vying for one of the starting safety positions. He is very strong as a zone safety and that is what the Vikings will be looking to use him as.
In college, he started all four years as a defensive back recording seven interceptions, shockingly all in 2010, and 186 solo tackles in his career. Smith’s stats really are not flashy, but sometimes the best defensive backs’ stats are not very flashy. If a defensive back is doing his job, he is keeping the ball from coming into his zone.
So who is competing with Smith for in the free safety position? As of right now, Smith is listed as the back up to Jamarca Sanford. Sanford ...