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Trader Rick continues dealing, comes up with Irish safety Harrison Smith

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, NFL draft, Vikings draft Updated: April 26, 2012 - 10:03 PM

Safety was going to be one of the Vikings' biggest needs on Day 2 of the draft until General Manager Rick Spielman traded the team's second-round pick (35th overall) and one of their four fourth-rounders (95th overall) to Baltimore to move up to the 28th pick and select Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith.

Smith, a 6-2, 213-pounder, had been considered a second-rounder who might climb into the bottom of the first round, which he did. He also fills a huge need for a Vikings team that had only three safeties on the roster, including Eric Frampton, who's strictly a special teams guy.

Smith will likely start immediately alongside Mistral Raymond. Considering the lack of depth at the position, don't rule out possibly re-signing Husain Abdullah. The Vikings had an offer on the table for Abdullah. 

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