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Harrison Smith lived up to expectations

Harrison Smith (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

Harrison Smith had a stellar rookie season and became a "difference-maker" on defense. Coordinator Alan Williams was impressed with several facets of Smith's game.

The Vikings saw two plug-and-play safeties in the 2012 NFL Draft and made sure they got one of them as a "difference-maker" in the secondary. Former Alabama safety Mark Barron was selected only three picks after Minnesota took Pro Bowl left tackle Matt Kalil at No. 4 overall, and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman didn't want to risk another team picking Harrison Smith. Spielman was true to... Recommended Stories

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