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Vikings Re-Acquire Pick 167 to Draft K Daniel Carlson


EAGAN, Minn. — Turns out, Minnesota wanted the 167th overall pick after all.

Less than an hour after Minnesota traded the selection and the 225th overall pick to the Jets, General Manager Rick Spielman re-acquired both choices from New York.

Spielman used the 167th spot to draft kicker Daniel Carlson out of Auburn and will have the seventh-round selection back at his disposal.

The second deal with the Jets involved the Vikings sending the 180th and 204th overall picks.

Carlson was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and a First-Team All-Conference selection in 2016 and 2017 after leading the league in scoring in both seasons.

He made 23 of 31 field goals in 2017, including 4-for-8 on field goals from 50 or more yards, and made all 57 extra points.

Carlson was 28 of 32 (4-for-7 from 50-plus), made 44 extra points and led FBS with 2.15 field goals per game in 2016.

The 6-foot-5, 213-pounder was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award in three consecutive seasons.

He finished his career 92-of-114 (80.7 percent) on field goals and made all 198 extra points with 480 points.

On kickoffs, Carlson had 156 of 222 (70.3 percent) result in touchbacks. He also averaged 42 yards per punt in 2014.

Below is his Combine Profile from

Player Bio

Carlson had a chance to one of the few specialists with the skills to leave college early to lock up a top-100 slot in the NFL Draft. He was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and first-team all-conference selection in 2016 and 2017, and league's leading scorer in both seasons. He garnered Lou Groza Award finalist honors for the third straight year after converting 23-of-31 field goal attempts in 2017 (4-of-8 from 50-plus yards, three blocked) and all 57 extra point tries. He made 28-of-32 field goal attempts (4-of-7 from 50-plus yards) in 2016 and all 44 point-afters. Carlson made 23-of-27 attempts (four of 50-plus yards, with a 56-yarder in their bowl game) as a sophomore second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC pick in 2015 and went 18-for-24 as a redshirt freshman. He went 5-for-5 against Alabama that season, but missed two against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl to help the Badgers get the victory in overtime. He punted in 2014, as well, averaging 42 yards a kick. Over his career, Carlson has converted all 141 extra point attempts and sent 156-of-222 kickoffs for touchbacks. He was a second-team Academic All-American as a junior. Daniel's brother, Anders, signed with the Tigers for the 2017 season; he'll get his chance next year.


Kicker with good size and a strong leg for both field goal and kickoff duties. Carlson put together two very strong efforts in 2015 and 2016, but struggled with his accuracy in 2017. He has the talent and mechanics to be taken on the third day of the draft and become an early contributor as long as his ball striking and confidence are where they need to be.

View images of Auburn Kicker Daniel Carlson.


Has ideal size

Good leg strength making 13 career field goals of 50-plus yards at a clip of 62 percent

Good approach speed with desired get-off speed to kick

Made 90 percent of his kicks from 39 yards out and under

Made 89.7 percent of his career kicks on the road

High touchback rate on kickoffs

Had eight punts as a freshman and might be able to get you out of the game at that position if needed


Accuracy dropped from 87 percent to 74 percent this year

Below average trajectory off his foot

Placement and rotation was inconsistent for much of the year

Not weather tested

Needs to improve kickoff hangtime

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