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Lunchbreak: Anthony Harris Listed Among NFL's Most Underrated Players

Ask a friend to name the most impactful player on the Vikings defense, and a few names will perhaps come to mind.

Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter and Linval Joseph are Pro Bowlers along the defensive line, while Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr make up one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL. And in the secondary, teams always have to account for Harrison Smith.

But Smith's fellow starting safety has also made a name for himself in 2019, as Anthony Harris was recently recognized as one of the NFL's most underrated players.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com revealed his 12 players who don't get enough attention but have made a noticeable impact this season, and Harris, a former undrafted free agent, made the list.

Brandt wrote:

Anyone working opposite an elite-level safety like the Vikings Harrison Smith will be playing in Smith's shadow, but Harris has started to carve a name for himself in his first full season as a starter in Minnesota.

He came to the NFL with bona fide ball skills, as evidenced by his FBS-leading eight interceptions as a junior at Virginia in 2013, and those skills have been on full display this season, during which Harris has logged four picks, including one returned for a touchdown in Monday's 37-30 loss to the Seahawks. The former undrafted player has recorded a career high in tackles (52) and passes defensed (eight) as he heads toward free agency this offseason.

Harris was injured coming out of college and was not selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. He joined the Vikings that spring as an undrafted free agent and made the 53-man roster.

He started at least two games in each of his first three seasons in the league, but was in the starting lineup for the final nine games in 2018 when he recorded the first three interceptions of his career.

Harris has been even better as a full-time starter this season, as he has picked off four passes, including two in the season opener against Atlanta. He also provided a highlight-reel play with his pick-six off Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's tipped and batted pass on Monday night.

Entering Week 14, Harris has made 28 career starts in 62 games. He has seven career interceptions.

View exclusive black-and-white images as the Vikings competed against the Seahawks for Monday Night Football at Centurylink Field.

Krause named safety finalist for NFL All-Time Team

The man with the most career interceptions in NFL history is a finalist to be named as a safety on the NFL's All-Time Team.

Paul Krause, who spent 12 seasons in Purple from 1968-1979, was recently announced as a candidate for the prestigious team. One of 14 safeties listed as a finalist, Krause has a chance to be one of six safeties on the final team, which will be revealed at 7 p.m. (CT) Friday on NFL Network.

Krause tallied an NFL-record 81 career interceptions, and also holds the Vikings franchise record with 53 career picks. The former Iowa standout recorded eight seasons with at least six interceptions with Minnesota and Washington.

Krause, who started at safety in all four on Minnesota's Super Bowl appearances, was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August of 1998. He was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor in November of that same year.

Back in November of 2017, Krause told Vikings.com that he credited his experience as a centerfielder in baseball with helping him patrol the field as a free safety.

"I was a centerfielder in baseball, and Bud Grant said I was the best centerfielder he's ever seen. That was in football," Krause said. "Basically, if you can find a centerfielder in baseball that plays football, too, he would be a good free safety.

"It's the timing that, all of a sudden, you notice how high the ball is going, or how fast the ball is going, you have to take the angles and determine in a split second if you're going to go for the interception or not go for the interception," Krause explained. "If you go for it and miss it, it's a touchdown. There are a lot of things that centerfielders and free safeties can do alike. It's all angles, timing and knowing what you can do with the abilities that you have. I feel like I was blessed with that ability."

The NFL's All-Time Team will consist of 100 players and 10 coaches. It is selected by a 26-person panel made up of coaches, team and front office executives, former players and media members.

Hall of Famers John Randle and Alan Page were selected to the NFL's All-Time Team last week along the defensive line.

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