This is the eighth in a series of 13 previews leading up to the Minnesota Vikings' July 26 start of camp.
TODAY'S POSITION: SAFETIES
Rating (1-to-10 scale): 6
Projected starters: Harrison Smith (second year) and Jamarca Sanford (fifth year)
Backups (asterisks indicate players expected to make the roster): Brandan Bishop, Robert Blanton, Darius Eubanks, Mistral Raymond, Andrew Sendejo
The breakdown: Smith made a big impact as a rookie on the back end of Minnesota's defense. He was a big hitter and showed a knack for big plays. He had 104 tackles, one sack, three interceptions -- two returned for touchdowns -- and 11 pass deflections, demonstrating the all-around ability against the run and pass the Vikings hoped for when they traded back into the first round to select Smith. He also provided a physical element that made receivers think twice while going over the middle. Smith has the ability to possibly turn into one of the league's best safeties and will be counted on even more...