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Harrison Smith Ranks 74th on NFL's Top 100 List

Harrison Smith made his second straight appearance on the NFL's Top 100 list, checking in landed at No. 74 on Monday night.

It's an accolade the Vikings safety expects of himself each and every year.

"I always see myself as being one of the best out there," Smith said on the show. "That's the confidence you have to have to play at this level and to play well.

"Things aren't always going to go your way, but it's how you respond and how you go from there," Smith added. "I always hold myself to a high standard."

The list is voted on solely by NFL players. Smith made the cut at No. 73 in 2016.

Smith had 104 total tackles (according to coaches' tally) and added four tackles for loss with 2.0 sacks and a fumble recovery in 2016. He played and started in 14 games.

Smith's highlight reel featured a bevy of tackles for loss, including one against the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football this past season. He shot through the gap to corral Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott for a negative play.

Former Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who is now with the Panthers, broke down the play on film.

"Harrison just made a great run read," Munnerlyn said. "He saw the linemen run block down and he knew.

"Harrison just shot down and made the tackle for loss," Munnerlyn said. "I was like, 'Wow.' If you try to run the ball to Harrison's side, he will track you down and stop you in your tracks."

Munnerlyn said the former Notre Dame standout is one of the smartest players on Minnesota's top-notch defense.

"He's one of my favorite teammates I've ever had in football," Munnerlyn said. "He's a hard worker and a guy you can always count on to be there each and every day.

"He's one of the best football players I've ever been around," Munnerlyn later added. "He's got a very high IQ, he understands coverages, understands schemes and he's a great tackler."

That sentiment was echoed by one of Smith's rivals in the NFC North.

"He's a real smart, instinctive guy," said Packers wide receiver Davante Adams. "He's definitely caused us problems with disguises and things like that.

"(I have) a lot of respect for that guy," Adams added.

Smith has made two straight Pro Bowls and is regarded as one of the best players in the league at his position.

He isn't afraid to punish opponents when he gets the chance.

"He hits hard," Munnerlyn said. "We call him 'Harry The Hitman' for a reason … he brings everything he's got.

"He's 215 pounds, and he brings all of it every single play," Munnerlyn added.

Smith was the second Vikings player to make the list in 2017. Defensive end Everson Griffen was ranked No. 92.

Monday night's show unveiled 10 players.

Free agent running back LaGarrette Blount kicked off the list at No. 80, and was followed by Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee and Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Green Bay safety HaHa Clinton-Dix made the list at No. 77 while Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and Titans tight end Delanie Walker were next.

Smith followed, while Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was next at 73. Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (72) and Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (71) rounded out Monday's list.

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