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Lunchbreak: Harris Listed as Vikings 'Unsung Hero' for 2019 Season

View the top photos of Vikings S Anthony Harris from the 2019 season.

Anthony Harris won't be playing in the Pro Bowl this weekend despite tying for the league lead with six interceptions in 2019.

But the Vikings safety did receive a bit of love from NFL.com writer Adam Rank, who recently included Harris in his list of unsung heroes from each NFC team.

Rank picked one player from each team, and went with the 28-year-old who just completed his fifth season in Purple.

Rank wrote:

Consistently overlooked over the years, Harris rarely misses a tackle and is a pretty good ballhawk, having posted nine interceptions over the last two seasons. If the Vikings allow him to walk as a free agent, he'll be considered one of the top players available, maybe next to Amari Cooper. If Minnesota is going to remain competitive in the NFC North, this team needs to hang on to players like Harris.

Harris' contract is set to expire on March 18 at the start of a new league year. He recorded 60 total tackles (according to coaches' stats), and added 11 passes defensed, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

Pro Football Focus also thinks highly of Harris, as the analytics website has the safety as the No. 3 overall potential free agent out of 100 players.

Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo of PFF wrote:

One of the league's most underrated players, Harris has been a playmaker on the back end of the Minnesota defense since seeing extended playing time in 2018. Harris has the top regular-season coverage grade among safeties at 91.6 after ranking sixth last season. He's played the majority of his snaps at free safety, but this season has seen him play about 40% of his snaps in the box or over the slot, showing that he can play a more versatile role in a defense.

Harris has nine interceptions and seven pass breakups over the last two years, all while missing just four of his 100 tackle attempts. Playmaking, sure-tackling safeties are of immense value in the NFL, and Harris has shown both traits as much as any safety in the league over the last two seasons.

A pair of Vikings cornerbacks — Trae Waynes at No. 38 and Mackensie Alexander at No. 60 — also made PFF's list.

Small-school players impress at Senior Bowl

The first day of practices at the Reese's Senior Bowl wrapped up Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama.

Vikings.com highlighted Day 1 with 10 noteworthy tweets from Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic, is on the scene and also offered his insight on what he saw Tuesday.

Brugler wrote that a handful of small-school players caught his eye.

From a scouting perspective, that is one of the main reasons the Senior Bowl is so important — to see if "small school" players can play big on the same field as prospects from Alabama, Ohio State and other powerhouse programs.

And during Tuesday's practices, prospects from each level (FCS, Division II and Division III) showed they belong.

Brugler wrote that Dayton TE Adam Trautman, who hails from the FCS level, performed well on Tuesday.

Starting with the early-morning weigh-ins, Trautman put together a solid day for the draft's highest-ranked senior tight end. Measuring at 6-foot-5 and 251 pounds with 32 1/2-inch arms and 9 5/8-inch hands, he was physical with the football during practice, relying on his frame and toughness to finish catches. Trautman isn't overly sudden, but he is very smooth at the top of his routes, holding defenders just enough to give the quarterback a workable passing window. He showed why he is considered a top-75 prospect in this class.

Brugler noted that Division II safety Kyle Dugger, who played at Lenoir-Rhyne, also turned heads.

Regardless of background or school, Dugger was one of the best players on the field. He controls his feet very well in coverage to mirror backs or tight ends, flashing some burst out of his plant-and-drive. Dugger is rarely out of phase due to his timing and instincts. In the run game, he showed bent knees and long arms (32 3/4 inches) to take on and dispose of blockers, quickly finding the ball-carrier to make a play. With his play recognition and natural twitch, Dugger could start at safety or linebacker at the next level.

Practices continue Wednesday and Thursday before the Senior Bowl kicks off Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (CT).

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