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Friday, February 24, 2012
Combine defensive cheat sheets

By Matt Fortuna

Scouts Inc. has offered some more cheat sheets for this week's NFL scouting combine, which features three Notre Dame players on the defensive side of the ball.

Safety Harrison Smith is the most notable of the group, and the former Irish captain grades out well. Among safeties, Smith is second in instincts/recognition and No. 1 in run support Insider. He is listed as the fifth-most draftable prospect among secondary players.

Robert Blanton comes in at No. 3 among cornerbacks in run support, and he is the 25th-most draftable prospect among secondary players.

Among outside linebackers, Darius Fleming is No. 2 in take-on skills and No. 23 overall among draftable linebacker prospects Insider.