2012 Who Ya Gonna Draft? – Harrison Smith

PJD is on vacation, STILL. During this time, we’ve decided we’ll take a quick look at potential Minnesota Vikings draft picks for the second or later rounds. With so many needs and so many draft picks to get this team back to a place where we can at least pretend they are respectable, we’ll have plenty of ground to cover. Let us know what you think of each prospect in the comments, and whether or not they’d be a good fit or impact player, and of course if you can think of a funny nickname for them.

Today, we look at Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith, grudingly, because everyone hates Notre Dame.

From ESPN’s draft analysis, which probably speaks HIGHLY of Smith because THEY probably LOVE Notre Dame, which is another reason to hate ESPN:

Overall Football Traits

Production 2 “2007: Redshirt 2008: (13/4)  57-7-0. 2009: (12/12)  69-4-0. 2010: (13/13)  93-7-7 2011: (12/12)  84-10-0. Career: (2008-11)  1 FR and 1 FF. “
Height-Weight-Speed 2 Possesses above-average measurables and is strapped together. Top-end speed is up to par as well.
Durability 1 Durability is not an issue as he has suffered no injuries that we are currently aware of.
Intangibles 2 Named a team captain as a senior. Has experience as linebacker where he started nine games at SLB in 2009. State

1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Safety Specific Traits

Instincts/Recognition 2 Displays solid football I.Q. and field awareness and is constantly in sound position to make a play. Flashes ability to anticipate routes as well as the quarterbacks release to get an early beat on the ball. Does a nice job of looking up crossers when aligned as a short-robber. Disciplined and rarely bites on play fakes. Makes a quick diagnosis and reaction in run support.
Cover Skills 2 Displays adequate top-end speed and has the range to hold up as a half field defender. Makes a quick gather at the top of his back pedal and is at his best breaking forward. Does have some tightness in his hips and can lose momentum when having to make a sudden 180 degree turn. Can match up with TEs in man coverage but will have limitations against quicker slot receivers in this area.
Ball Skills 2 Instincts provide him with above-average play making ability. Takes solid angles to the point and is aggressive and strong playing the ball. Flashes ability to climb the ladder and separate the ball from receiver. Flashes above-average hand eye coordination but did not record an interception during the 2011 regular season after notching seven as junior in 2010.
Run Support 1 Physical and aggressive in this area. Takes sound angles in pursuit. Closes quickly when running the alley and displays above-average body control to break down and secure the tackle. Flashes solid point of attack skills when aligned near the box and does a nice job of discarding blocks in a timely manner.

1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Here’s a frightening thought: Harrison Smith is the second best rated safety in a class that doesn’t have that great of safety prospects, and is still only 39th overall, meaning he’ll go sometime in the second round. Remind you of anyone? Like a Tyrellington Johnstonian, perhaps? Another highly prospected safety that went in the second round to a team that was run by buffoons? Well, I don’t actually think that Harrison Smith can be as bad as Tyrell Johnson, IF the Vikings were to select him, but the situation is enough to make you weep into a pillow, softly. On the plus side, Smith actually has a measurable pedigree behind him, having played at Notre Dame against what you could probably call “real” college football competition. I didn’t actually watch him play, per se, but I have watched Notre Dame the past several years, and they do suck. I mean, both suck as a school and have sucked (or at least underperformed?) as a team. I don’t know how much of that is Smith’s fault, or what, but when all I remember from Notre Dame’s 2011 season is last second losses to shitty throwing quarterbacks because your defensive backfield (including Smith!) couldn’t stop said shitty quarterback, I get nervous. On the other hand … isolated, taking Notre Dame out of the equation? Smith looks like a nice player that could fill a huge hole in the defense. The only question; would you spend a second round pick to do it, knowing all the other issues on this team?

Then ask this; would you spend a second round pick on a player from NOTRE DAME?!!? FUCK YOU JIMMY CLAUSEN!! God I hate Notre Dame.

What say you?


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