Jul 26, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) signs autographs for fans during training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Glazer Calls Harrison Smith "A Breakout Star"


Jay Glazer has completed his training camp visit to Mankato and he has some observations. Glazer shared a couple of these quick notes on Twitter including a blurb about Harrison Smith:


Glazer’s assessment of Smith’s potential to become a future big-time star is dead-on. It isn’t just about Smith being a stud. We know he is a stud but it’s more than that. I think Smith is set up perfectly in the Vikings system to maximize his potential.

Smith’s greatest asset as a safety is his versatility. He doesn’t necessarily do any one thing brilliantly but he does almost everything well. He can cover. He has good instincts. He is a sure tackler with improving technique. He can come up and stick a dude. He even got to show a little blitzing ability late last season (that I hope we see more of in 2013).

How does this versatility help Smith? In the Vikings’ system, safeties are required to do a little bit of everything. There’s no delineation really between the strong and free positions. As Alan Williams explained, the Vikings look at their safeties not in terms of strong and free or right and left but just as football players.

Smith is the perfect player for this jack-of-all-trades approach to safety. He’s a good deep guy and a good in-the-box guy. So he will show up all over the field and have an impact on almost every defensive series. This will allow him to rack up stats and make the kind of highlight reel plays that create breakout stars.

So yes, Glazer is right on in his assessment of Smith. In fact I think you can make the argument that in just his second year Smith is already the Vikings’ best all-around defensive player. Rick Spielman made some good draft picks in 2012 and when all is said and done we may look back on Smith as the greatest of those finds.

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  • MikeH123

    Vikings have a well balanced team??? How can that be when they don’t have a QB, by far the most important position???

    • David Snell

      Omg another ponder hater .. go cheer on another team.. seriously dude.

      • MikeH123

        Next years Vikings draft should be fun especially in the first round. Either Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, David Fales or maybe Devin Gardner.

    • manbearpig01

      If it wasn’t a well-balanced team, we wouldn’t have made the playoffs last year. Sorry to use common sense on you, especially since its friday and all…

      • MikeH123

        Many teams have made the playoffs without being well-balanced. Last year,the Vikings did with the run and the Packers did it with the pass. Unfortunately, it was the Packers who went to the next round and lost to a team that was well-balanced.

  • 3kolu

    Yes, the Vikings have a well balanced team starting with AP, Kyle Rudolph 9 td’s, Greg Jennings, Matt Kalil, John Sullivan, Jerome Felton, Rhett Ellison, Jarius Wrighta and Cordarelle Patterson on offense. All these guys are either Pro bowlers or potential pro bowlers. On defense, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Brian Robison, Everson Griffen, Chad Greenway, Harrison Smith also rookies Sharif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes. Not only elite players all over the field, but depth as well. Ponder has improved every year and he will continue to improve. He is just a couple inches away in a game of inches. He has the football IQ, excellent athleticism and now he is as confident as he’s ever been. The Vikings are definitely one of the most balanced teams in the league.

  • manbearpig01

    yes, smith is a stud.