The Minnesota Vikings selected Notre Dame free safety Harrison Smith with the 29th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Fantasy analysis: Smith is a natural strong safety but will play free for the Vikings. He is extremely athletic and has excellent leaping ability (36-inch vertical) to give the Vikes range on the back end.
Minnesota has some work to do on defense, primarily with their cornerbacks. Having to play in a division with two of the best quarterbacks in the league could leave fantasy owners pulling their hair out. The Vikings' overall fantasy defense is a backup unit in deep leagues, and Smith has mild potential in IDP circles. He could be a sneaky pick in cavernous setups.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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