The Vikings have crossed “sign rookie safety Harrison Smith” off the to-do list, according to Jeremy Fowler. That leaves Matt Kalil and Josh Robinson as the only unsigned 2012 draft picks unless I’m forgetting someone. The former Golden Domer Smith was a somewhat controversial selection when he was taken in the late first round. Not controversial because people don’t like him but because the Vikings traded up a bit to get him and some people think they didn’t need to trade up.
Smith is a physically gifted player – think size-and-speed combo – who may be used to man up against tight ends. The Vikings say they’ll use him at free safety initially but most think he’ll end up as the strong safety eventually. He’s a smart, savvy guy who is thought to be somewhat weak in pass coverage.
As things stand now, there’s a good chance Smith will be starting at safety alongside another rookie, his former Notre Dame teammate Robert Blanton, when opening day rolls around. But things could change between now and then, especially if Husain Abdullah signs back on, or if Mistral Raymond shows marked improvement in his game.