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SI 100 list: 31 other teams wish they had Vikings’ Harrison Smith

Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) during the first day of the team's NFL football training camp at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minn. on Friday, July, 29, 2016.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

Four members of the Minnesota Vikings cracked Sports Illustrated’s top 100 NFL players list.

Harrison Smith was the highest-rated Viking at 22 while Adrian Peterson ranked 30th. Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell was the only running back ranked ahead of Peterson.

Peterson was ranked fifth-best in the NFL (not just running backs) by the players in NFL Network’s top 100 list.

  • 79. Linval Joseph
  • 39. Anthony Barr
  • 30. Adrian Peterson
  • 22. Harrison Smith

What they said about Joseph:

“The only thing that’s keeping Joseph from being ranked higher is the fact that he missed four games with turf toe, but his dominance when healthy is something to see.”

What they said about Barr:

“In just two years time, Barr has emerged as an irreplaceable cornerstone in Mike Zimmer’s defense.”

What they said about Peterson:

“When he plays a full 16 games, Peterson is a virtual lock for 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns. While fumbles have become an increasingly pressing issue, the rest of Peterson’s game remains on point.”

What they said about Smith:

“Smith is only getting better, too, which means he could surpass (Earl) Thomas (if he hasn’t already) as the defender 31 other teams wish they had.”

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