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Dolphins Could Be Thinking Kicker in Upcoming NFL Draft; Workout Auburn Kicker Daniel Carlson

Last season Cody Parkey was the kicker for the Dolphins, hitting on 21-of-23 field goals, and making 26-of-29 extra points for a team which went 6-10 for Adam Gase.

Kicker is a position the team might want to take a long look at in the upcoming NFL Draft, and one player that they have already had their eyes on is Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson.

A kicker is a player that can make or break your roster, and when placing bets at you always have to take in account a solid placekicker that can win or lose you games.

That brings us to Carlson, a player who with Auburn was very good at clutch kicks when the games were on the line. Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi went to have a workout with the draft prospect, and according to the Miami Herald, the kicker performed very well.

How high up in terms of kicker is Carlson? Most draft boards have him along with Florida’s Eddy Pineiro, and it would benefit the Dolphins to have both of them high on their list to fill the position.

Carlson had an outstanding career for Auburn, going 23-of-27 on field goals in 2015 and 28-of-32 in 2016. He struggled some last season, as he missed eight field goals, going 23-for-31.

From 50 plus yards out Carlson was for 4-for-8, but in his college career he made 13 field goals from past 50 yards, something that has to be appealing for the Dolphins if they are going to make the move and draft the kicker.

Carlson 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. He was a second-team Academic All-American as a junior.

According to NFL’s Scouting Profile, 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.”

When it comes to Pineiro, he was 17-of-18 on field goals last season, and he hit two field goals from 50 plus yards, another guy that will have the Dolphins eye come draft night.

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