The Vikings signed their new rookie kicker this week, basically inking the departure of Kai Forbath and setting a tone for a younger special teams movement in the twin cities. With Carlson being added to the mix, the kicking team consisting of McDermott, Quigley, and Carlson will average the age of 26.6. Three and half years younger than Forbath.
Vikings signed fifth-round K Daniel Carlson, sixth-round OG Colby Gossett, sixth-round DE Ade Aruna and seventh-round LB Devante Downs to four-year contracts.
The numbers that stand out are the 100 XP% and his Junior Year FG% of 87.5. What is a little startling though is his drop from Jr to Sr year; he went from making 28 field goals out of 32 to just 23 out of 31. His freshman and senior year FG percentage could be a concern, but his coaches put him out on the field A LOT which means they had confidence in him.
Here are some notes from AuburnTigers.com:
2017: SEC record 198 consecutive PAT made and 92 career FG made … 13-21 in 50+-yd FG for career, second-best percentage on 50+ kicks in NCAA history … holds NCAA record with 7 games making 4 or more FG … 2-4 on FG against GSU with makes of 50 and 37 … 2-2 FG at Clemson … FG of 56, 52 and 41 at Missouri; first Auburn game with 2 50+ FG since 1987 … 14 points scored vs. Ole Miss (5-5 PAT, 3-3 FG) … 3-3 FG, 2-2 PAT at LSU … 1-1 FG, 7-7 PAT at Arkansas … 2 blocked FG at Texas A&M … 4-4 FG, 4-4 PAT vs. Georgia
2016: holds Auburn’s single-season record for points kicking 128 … nation’s second-best 57-72 touchbacks (79.2%) … his 28 made field goals in 2016 are third in SEC history … ranks seventh in SEC history with 32 field goal attempts in 2016 … 53-yard FG against Clemson is the 11th longest in FBS this season … scored 21 points against Arkansas State: 3-3 FG, 6-6 PAT and a 20-yard rushing TD on a fake field goal … FG, PAT vs. Texas A&M … tied Auburn and SEC record with six FG against LSU, with a long of 51 yds … 7-7 PAT but had a FG blocked vs. ULM … 25-yd FG, five PAT at Mississippi State … four FG, four PAT at Ole Miss … 3-4 FG vs. Vanderbilt with one blocked; connected from 53, 45, 33 yards … four field goals at Alabama … two field goals made in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma
It is worth noting that Elliot and Carlson were taken at very similar positions in the draft. Elliot had a terrific college career, and his rookie campaign with the Eagles was instrumental in their Super Bowl run. Again, a 100% XP percentage and a whopping 63 attempts and completes his Junior Year. Carlson, his freshmen year, was responsible for 111 of Auburn’s points comparing to Elliot’s 72. To me, it seems Elliot had a better Sophomore and Senior year while Carlson had a better Freshmen and Junior show.
You never know with kickers, quite honestly, but I do believe Daniel Carlson was the top prospect in this year’s draft. Strong leg, nice range and pretty consistent. pic.twitter.com/fbtXfY6cZ3
— Kevin Brown (@nfldraftnik) April 28, 2018