5.25 ?
  • 6'5" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 213LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands


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.



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.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

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.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.