2018 NFL Draft

Harrison Smith, SS

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 213 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - The Vikings are counting on safety Harrison Smith becoming a team leader eventually. Smith, the 29th overall pick, was a two-time team captain at Notre Dame. "Going to Notre Dame and being a captain, you're already on a big stage," Smith said. "And then once you're the captain you're getting scrutinized, win or lose. You know there's ups and downs along the road. So I have dealt with being a leader of a team that's gone through things. Knowing how to deal with guys and helping younger guys, interact with the coaches. Being the guy in between the players and the coaches. I think it's just given me a whole lot of experience you can't really find in any other role." General manager Rick Spielman joked that the team was close to its quota on Notre Dame players. Smith makes it four along with center John Sullivan and tight ends Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson. The Fighting Irish brotherhood was quick to bond with Smith on draft day. "Yeah, John Sullivan texted me right away," Smith said. "Rudy (Kyle Rudolph) texted me right away. I still haven't talked to Carlson but I'm sure I will soon. So you know, once you go to a school like that and play together there is a close bond there. We are all excited to play together again." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 1/29 - Harrison Smith, S, 6-2, 213, Notre Dame...Smith, a former college linebacker, has the size and strength to play in the box and the speed and instincts to cover the athletic tight ends that are spreading throughout the league. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - A two-time captain at Notre Dame, Smith has the size (6-2, 213) to play in the box and, according to Spielman, the speed to play deep in coverage. "He's a very smart football player, very smart in his angles," Spielman said. "He's a big safety (6-2, 213) that plays fast. But I also know how smart he is in coverage and just watching the angles he takes on a pass. The anticipation to watch the quarterback and get a jump on the ball as it's coming out. He has a lot of those instincts and that ability to make plays because he's so smart and so instinctive." And now the Vikings head into Day 2 with 10 more picks. They don't have a second-rounder, but don't be surprised by anything Spielman tries to pull as he looks to fill more holes. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Queried last week about the thinnest positions in this year's draft, a veteran and highly respected personnel executive identified fullback, center, safety and tight end as "definitely among" the most shallow talent pools. So while it was somewhat surprising to see center Peter Konz of Wisconsin and Stanford tight end Coby Fleener still on the board at the end of Round 1 -- two prospects ranked by most as the premier players at their respective positions -- it wasn't altogether shocking. Fullback, of course, has gone the way of the dodo or the single wing in the NFL, and one might not be tabbed until Saturday. But the rather average evaluation of the 2012 safety prospects didn't keep two players from the interior secondary, Mark Barron of Alabama (Tampa Bay, No. 7 overall) and Notre Dame's Harrison Smith (Minnesota, 29th), from being picked in the first round. In fact, there was just one more first-round cornerback, three, than there were safeties on Thursday night. Not to diminish the talents of Barron and Smith, clearly the top two safeties on just about every team's draft board, but their selections probably had as much to do with the enhanced profile of the position as with their individual skills. "It's definitely a hot position, with people throwing the ball so much," Smith allowed, after the Vikes traded up for a second choice late in the round to grab him. Minnesota was a mess last season at safety, using five different starters and five staring combinations, during the season. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 29. Minnesota Vikings (draft-day trade with Baltimore, The Vikings acquired the 29th overall pick from the Ravens for the 35th overall pick and a third-rounder (98).): FS Harrison Smith, Notre Dame -- A converted safety with range to get to the sideline in Leslie Frazier's two-deep defense. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 46. Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame: Smith joins Alabama's Mark Barron as the only two traditional safeties I see as worthy of top 50 consideration. While not as smooth as the Alabama star in coverage, Smith is a reliable open-field tackler with excellent size (6-2, 213) and the instincts to make plays against both the run and pass. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/07/2012 - On safety, how much is that a position of interest for you guys? And also, Mark Barron and Harrison Smith, your thoughts on those guys? (Aaron Wilson)...(DECOSTA) "I think safety is like a lot of positions; we feel like we could use some depth at that position. I think this is a depth draft for the Ravens, at virtually every position. As far as those particular players, I think Mark Barron is a great player. We've had a chance to see him, again, because he's an Alabama player. We've seen him a lot on TV, live games - just a great player. Harrison Smith is an interesting guy, too. He's a big, rangy safety who runs pretty well. He's got good ball skills. He's very smart. I think he's a two-time captain at Notre Dame, which tells you about his personality, intangibles and leadership. Both guys are very good players. Both guys figure to come off the board. Barron will probably be picked first. I think Harrison Smith will probably come off sometime between the end of the first round and probably midway through end of the second round." - Baltimore Ravens.com

04/02/2012 - Nine former Notre Dame football players will audition for NFL scouts Tuesday at ND's Pro Day. The most prominent of the pro prospects, ND's all-time leading receiver Michael Floyd, is getting a boost from a teammate out of his past - former Irish standout quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Clausen left ND after his junior season in 2009 to enter the draft and has spent the past two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Of Floyd's school-record 37 touchdown receptions with the Irish, the first 16 were thrown by Clausen. And Clausen will be throwing passes to Floyd Tuesday at the Loftus Center during the position drills portion of Pro Day. The eight other NFL hopefuls participating are cornerback/safety Robert Blanton, offensive tackle Taylor Dever, outside linebacker Darius Fleming, cornerback Gary Gray, running back Jonas Gray, offensive guard Trevor Robinson, kicker David Ruffer and safety Harrison Smith. - The South Bend Tribune

03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, 6-2, 213...Invited to the combine as a free safety, there is still debate whether he can play there or may be more suitable for strong safety or even outside linebacker. He played mostly strong safety at Notre Dame, but at the combine he had a free safety-like unofficial 40 time of 4.57. He has the size to play somewhere, but his game is less than refined, so he is probably destined to be a special teams standout until he finds a position -- if he finds a position. His speed is of the straight line variety and he is less than fluid as an athlete, but he is competitive. Smith had an excellent 2010 season with 91 tackles, seven interceptions then last year as team captain, he added 90 tackles, one forced fumble and 10 pass breakups but no interceptions. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/28/2012 - With Alabama's Mark Barron the only player at his position considered by most talent evaluators to be worthy of first round consideration, it isn't news that the 2012 draft offers only a mediocre crop of safety prospects. The timing couldn't be much worse for NFL teams needing help at the position as the 2011 season was characterized by the emergence of several tight ends as legitimate downfield threats and the continued expansion of three and four receiver spread attacks. To combat the aerial onslaught, defenses are looking for big, athletic safeties. The safeties were the final prospects to run the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine but with only a few exceptions they weren't able to reward scouts for their patience. In fact, of the 21 safeties invited to the Combine this year, zero recorded a time under 4.50 seconds. Worse, of the strong and free safeties given a top 125 grade by NFLDraftScout.com prior to the Combine, only Notre Dame's Harrison Smith (4.57) recorded a time under 4.66. South Carolina State's Christian Thompson just missed the mark, clocking in at exactly 4.50 according to the "official" times released by the NFL. - NFLDraftScout.com

07/12/2011 - 2011 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, FS, has been named one of 37 players selected to the Preseason Thorpe Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. Smith is the only player in Notre Dame football history to register more than 200 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 15 pass breakups in a career. In 2010, he totaled 93 tackles, seven interceptions (54 yards) and seven pass breakups. - Notre Dame football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, S, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Smith is the only player in Notre Dame football history to register more than 200 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 15 pass breakups in a career. In 2010, he totaled 93 tackles, seven interceptions (54 yards) and seven pass breakups. Smith ranked second on the team in total tackles, second in solo stops and third in assisted tackles. He ranked fourth in the FBS in interceptions per game (0.54) and total interceptions (seven). Smith eclipsed 10 or more tackles in four different games (Michigan State, Stanford, Pittsburgh and Navy). He registered three interceptions in the first half alone in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.). The three interceptions not only equaled a school record, but also equaled the Sun Bowl record. Smith was one of three in the entire FBS in '10 to intercept three passes in a single game. ESPN.com also selected him to its all-Bowl team. - Notre Dame football