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Safety Depth Chart

Safety 1: Harrison Smith

Arguably the best safety in the league, Harrison Smith is a cornerstone of the Minnesota Vikings defense. 2016 was Smith's first season without an interception, but his impact was still evident. Zimmer has said if he paired Smith with a player close to his caliber, the defense would be able to do more with Smith. He was the top ranked safety in the NFC North in 2016 per Pro Football Focus. Smith has had issues with injuries, and has only had two full 16-game season in his five-year career. Smith signed a five-year extension for $51.25 million and $28.57 million guaranteed. He will be a Viking for a very long time.

Safety 2: Andrew Sendejo

Andrew Sendejo has improved every year under Mike Zimmer. Though not a fan favorite, he has proved to be quite solid in run support and improved his coverage skills. Sendejo tallied two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 2016. He will be the safety opposite of Smith, but the Vikings might look to upgrade in 2018. Until then, he will need to be solid in pass coverage, and help the Vikings maintain a top flight defensive back unit.

Safety 3: Anthony Harris

Harris has quietly become a very good back up for the Vikings. He became the starter in 2015 against the cardinals when both Sendejo and Smith we unavailable with injuries, and again in 2016 against the Cowboys. Harris has shown very good ball skills and always appears to be on the precipice of an interception. He won't beat out Sendejo, but is a solid special teamer and primary backup safety.

Safety 4: Jayron Kearse

Probably the least solidified spot on the safety depth chart, Jayron Kearse will have to battle for his spot. There was a lot of hope for Kearse due to his size, but his athletic profile is not the greatest. Kearse should rely on technical skill to prove he belongs as a primary back up. His game versus the Cowboys last season was poor. He allowed a 30 yard run by taking a poor angle, and looked lost in coverage. Kearse will have to hold off Exum, who is returning from injury and newcomer Jack Tocho.


Other Safeties on Roster

Antone Exum jr.

Jack Tocho