In Sports Illustrated's latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft, Peter King projects the New York Giants to use the No. 32 pick in the NFL Draft on Harrison Smith, a safety from Notre Dame.
A mature four-year starter for the Irish, Smith has the speed to play free safety and the tackling ability to play strong. The Giants could go in a lot of directions here, with McClellin and Mike Adams both possible because of positional need. But a 47-game college starter and eager special-teamer will be too much for G.M. Jerry Reese to pass up.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese noted during a Thursday press conference that his team has a philosophy to draft the best player available, rather than selecting based on positional need. The National Football Post sees Smith as a solid, if not sexy, pick. Despite lacking top-notch athleticism, Smith is able to make plays due to his impressive instincts.