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Smith starting just one step in his process

Rookie Harrison Smith will get his first official NFL start Sunday, but earning a starting spot was only half of the battle.

Since Darren Sharper wasn't re-signed following the 2008 season, the Vikings have had a relative revolving door at safety. Guys like Madieu Williams, Tyrell Johnson, Husain Abdullah, Mistral Raymond and Jamarca Sanford have tried to be a difference-makers at the position – with varying degrees of success. The Vikings believe they have found their man, trading back into the first round of... Recommended Stories