Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/16/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. When the Minnesota Vikings traded back into the end of the first round of April's NFL draft to select Harrison Smith, it was widely believed the team had a certain starter at one of its two safety positions. Minnesota gave up its early second-round pick and a fourth-round slot to ensure it wouldn't miss the change to acquire Smith. A day later, coach Leslie Frazier cautiously said Smith would be "penciled" into the starting lineup. Frazier wasn't marking anything in pen, but pencil was safe.Yet, through two weeks of organized team activities, the safeties practicing with the first team were the same combination that ended last season. Smith, working with the second team, was behind Mistral Raymond and Jamarca Sanford. Smith, taken with the 29th overall pick out of Notre Dame, finally started seeing first-team reps this past week. But it wasn't an ascension to the starting spot as much as it was the coaches trying to see which players work best together."That's...
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