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E50: Pocket Protectors [Was Harrison Smith Snubbed?]

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Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown to discuss Harrison Smith’s exclusion from NFL.com’s All-Decade Team and what a perfect draft for the Vikings might look like.

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In this episode:

To start this episode, we get caught up with Eric and Nick and get into the topic of Harrison Smith being snubbed from the NFL.com All-Decade Team.

Nick makes a very compelling argument as to why Harrison Smith is more deserving than Eric Berry and others.

Eric defends Tyrann Mathieu based on his impact across multiple teams and then took us down memory lane to let us know which safeties were the best last decade based on WAR

  1. Eric Weddle
  2. Jason McCourty
  3. Earl Thomas
  4. Harrison Smith
  5. Malcolm Jenkins
  6. Glover Quin
  7. Kam Chancellor
  8. Reggie Nelson
  9. Jairus Byrd
  10. Antoine Bethea

Next up, we discuss tape vs analytics vs PFF and how we can best utilize these resources to maximize our understanding of football. Eric discusses how PFF incorporates the lessons from specialists like Duke Manyweather and Brandon Thorn into their process to create scale.

Lastly Eric and Nick give us their best and worst case scenarios for the Vikings in the opening rounds of the draft.

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