The Vikings made another move, this time trading back into the 1st round to take defensive back Harrison Smith from Notre Dame. Smith was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school. He spent his first year redshirted and managed to make his way on the field the next season by playing both linebacker and safety. He finished his 4 years at Notre Dame with 309 tackles, 7 interceptions, and 24 pass break-ups. Smith isn’t as polished of an athlete as higher picked Mark Barron, Alabama, but he is a sure tackler, something the Vikings sorely needed last season. With Smith the Vikings have, hopefully, filled the hole at strong safety. Now, they can have Jamarca Samford and Mistral Raymond battle for the other spot. With day 1 coming to an end, Minnesota has made 2 picks to address lasts years 2 biggest problems; pass protection and pass defense. Here are some of Smith’s strength and weaknesses:


Smart, Instinctive

Sure drag down tackler

Excellent in zone coverage


Not excellent man-to-man coverer

Not exactly a ball-hawk safety