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2018 NFL Draft: Vikings Select K Daniel Carlson

Minnesota traded up once again to select a kicker

The Minnesota Vikings made yet another trade to move back up into the fifth round and select Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson with the 167th overall selection.

Carlson was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and first-team all-conference selection in both 2016 and 2017, and the conference’s leading scorer in both seasons. He earned Lou Groza Award finalist honors once again in 2017 after a 23-for-31 performance (4-for-8 from 50+) and hitting all 57 extra-point attempts.

Carlson was more impressive in 2015 and 2016 when he went 23-for-27 and 28-for-32, respectively, and went 18-for-24 as a redshirt freshman in 2014. He’ll compete with veteran Kai Forbath for Minnesota’s kicker job in 2018.

The last time the Vikings selected an SEC kicker in the fifth round, it worked out tremendously for one season before, well, you know.

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Drew Mahowald

Drew Mahowald is a student at Saint John's University (MN) majoring in Media Communication. He proclaims himself as the number one fan of Little Caesars pizza and Jim Kleinsasser. The first Vikings game Drew remembers watching is the 41-0 blowout loss to the Giants in the 2000 NFC Championship game. Despite this, he has developed a deep knowledge and passion for the team. When he isn't writing about the Vikings, Drew is usually out golfing with friends or eating Little Caesar's pizza. You can find more of his work at, the SB Nation affiliate Minnesota Timberwolves blog, or on Twitter at @DrewMahowald.

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  1. I personally don’t think the Vikings have lost their minds no matter what you say.

  2. Spielman lost his fricken mind. Another crappy draft. He can get free agents but blowed another draft yet again

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