Smith impressing in Senior Bowl prep

Most of the defensive backs participating in Saturday's Senior Bowl have been underwhelming through three days of practice, according to Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

Harrison Smith, however, does not fit in that group.

Notre Dame's 2011 captain has stood out so far, making an early impression on those in attendance.

On a more positive note, Notre Dame S Harrison Smith has looked good. It's sometimes hard to get a good read on safeties in all-star practices, because tackling is limited, but Smith is competing hard and putting himself in the right spots. He could clean up his angles to the point when the ball is in the air, but overall Smith is helping himself this week.

Smith will play for Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier on the North team at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. and will air on the NFL Network.

Todd McShay said Smith stood out at Monday's weigh-in for the game, writing:

A few players passed the eyeball test with flying colors, beginning with Notre Dame DB Harrison Smith, who was absolutely shredded at 6-1¾ and 212 pounds. Smith was in perfect shape, appearing tall and ripped.