Harrison Smith always seems to be around the football, which is impressive considering that he often lines up farther away from it than anyone else on the field.
The Minnesota Vikings’ free safety notched 78 tackles (seven tackles-for-loss), 1.5 sacks, five interceptions and 12 pass breakups in the 2017 regular season, and recorded another 13 tackles and a sack during the team’s playoff run to the NFC Championship game.
Arguably the best player on arguably the NFL’s best defense, Smith was voted first team All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl for the third time in his first six pro seasons.
Pro Football Focus gave Smith the highest grade (98.8) of any player in the NFL, earning him their Dwight Stephenson Award as the advanced-stats MVP of the league.
“Harry The Hitman” also earned another spot on the NFL Network’s annual Top 100 ranking, voted No. 46 by fellow NFL players.
Smith is lauded around the league for his versatility as a defensive back. From playing the run to covering receivers to rushing the quarterback, he doesn’t appear to have any noticeably weak areas of his game.