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Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith - #22 - FS

Height: 6-1 7/8
Weight: 213
Speed: 4.58
Arm: 32 5/8
Hand: 10 1/4
Wingspan: 76 7/8
Birthdate: 02/02/1989
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Grade: 5.65


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
04/03/2012 Notre Dame Pro Day 6-1 7/8 214 10 1/4 31 3/4 77 11.52
02/29/2012 Combine 6-1 7/8 213 10 1/4 32 5/8 76 7/8 4.58 19 10'2" 34 4.14 6.64
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-1 3/4 212 10 1/8 32 77
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-1 3/4 213 10 1/4 31 5/8 76 3/4 4.55



Also played basketball as a prep in Tennessee, where he was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a safety-running back. Redshirted in ’07. Moved to linebacker for the ’08 season and started 9-of-13 contests (seven at outside linebacker and two at inside linebacker), recording 57 tackles, seven pass breakups and zero interceptions with 8 1⁄2 tackles for loss and 3 1⁄2 sacks. His non-starts were because the Irish started an extra defensive back. Started all 12 games — the first six at free safety and the final six at “Sam” linebacker — in ’09, posting 69-4-0 with 6 1⁄2 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Led the team in interceptions in ’10 after recording 91-7-7 with half a tackle for loss in 13 starts at free safety. Tied Sun Bowl and school records with three interceptions against Miami (Fla.). In 13 starts at safety in ’11, he totaled 90-10-0 with three tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Two-time team captain and the only player in school history to register more than 200 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 15 pass breakups in a career.


Outstanding size with a strong, muscular build, big hands and good arm length. Good range to undercut routes and can cover ground quickly and close fast. Clocked the fastest 3-cone-time (6.63 seconds) of any safety at the Combine. Plays smart and is a vocal, on-field leader. Confident, four-year starter. Lines up all over the field and is versatile enough to interchange and play in the box or over the top. Very good zone awareness. Outstanding tackle and ball production. Times up blitzes well and can rip off the edge (see Stanford). Tough and physical. Makes all the secondary calls. Very durable. Solid special-teams coverage player. Respected leader with strong character and leadership traits. 


Inconsistent hands — can do a better job tracking the deep ball. A bit stiff and leggy and can be exposed against speed and quickness in man coverage. Shows some tightness in transition and is a tick late to open up his hips. Will leave his feet and miss tackles in space — is best in confined spaces. Not an explosive striker. Lacks elite back-half range and could be stressed by NFL blazers.  


Very consistent, savvy, instinctive, interchangeable safety with the competitiveness and football-playing temperament to command a secondary and factor readily against the run and pass. Offers comfort as the last line of defense.

Harrison Smith's Draft Stock

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7.01-9.00Top 10

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