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5 Things to Know About New Vikings K Daniel Carlson

The Vikings traded twice in the fifth round, using the second transaction to regain the 167th selection and draft Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson![](/team/roster/daniel-carlson/e720e284-b9f4-41c8-9876-cee18526cfbc/ "Daniel Carlson").

Carlson made 21 of 31 field goals attempted in 2017, including 4-for-8 on field goals from 50 or more yards, and made all 57 extra points.  

Here are five things to know about Carlson:

1. Accomplished at Auburn

Carlson played for Auburn from 2014-17 after redshirting in 2013. Over four seasons, he racked up 480 points, was 92-of-114 (80.7 percent) on field goal attempts and made all 198 extra points.

Carlson had 156 of his 222 kickoffs result in touchbacks. He also punted for the Tigers as a freshman in 2014, averaging 42 yards per boot.

2. Honors galore

Carlson was well-decorated during his time with the Tigers.

He was a two-time SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference selection. Carlson led the league in scoring in both seasons. Carlson was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award three seasons in a row.

During the 2016-17 season, Carlson averaged two-plus field goals per game and ranked No. 1 in FBS.

3. Colorado kid

Carlson hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and attended The Classical Academy, a K-12 charter school.

Currently the only Colorado native on the Vikings roster, Carlson will have the chance to make his pro debut in his home state, when Minnesota faces Denver on Aug. 11 for Preseason Week 1.

4. Holds high values

According to his social media platforms, Carlson has attended past annual Passion Conferences and participated in a mission trip to Guatemala during the summer of 2017.

Carlson also is heavily involved in the #EndItMovement and appears to have been committed to the cause for some time. The campaign is a coalition to bring "prevention, rescue and restoration" for human-trafficking victims.

In an **article written for**, Greg Ostendorf wrote that Carlson "served as a mentor for kids by visiting them at the hospital or spending his Fridays reading to them at their school." He also was the guest of honor at a charity banquet for youth who had overcome chemotherapy.

5. First off the board

Carlson was the first kicker off the board in this year's draft and the only one snagged in the fifth round.

He is the second kicker taken in the fifth round in the past two seasons; the Bengals drafted Jake Elliott at No. 153 last year.

From 2012-17, only one other kicker – Roberto Aguayo, 59th overall in 2016 – has been selected earlier than the fifth round.

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