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. Continue reading
The Minnesota Vikings have arguably the NFL’s best defense.
Last season, they led the league in fewest points allowed (15.8 ppg) and fewest yards allowed (275.9 ypg), and ranked second in fewest rushing yards allowed (83.6 ypg) and second in fewest passing yards allowed (192.4 ypg).
An argument within that argument that may be more even interesting is just who is the Vikings’ best defensive player.
On their way to a 13-3 record and an appearance in the NFC title game, Minnesota had five defenders named to the Pro Bowl and three were All-Pro. Continue reading
The NFL Network’s weekly 10-at-a-time reveal of this year’s list of the league’s top 100 players had gone almost three whole episodes before a defensive back appeared on the ranking. That’s either an ominous indicator that there won’t be many more DBs to come, or a promising sign that the league’s top DBs are being recognized with even higher spots on the list than in previous years.
The first DB to appear on the 2016 countdown was Vikings free safety Harrison Smith, who was voted the 73rd best player in the league by fellow NFL players. Continue reading