BIOGRAPHY: Former fullback who started the past three seasons at tight end. Senior-year totals included 40/372/3 after career-high numbers of 47/634/4 as a junior.
POSITIVES: Hard-working tight end who does the little things well. Fluid releasing into routes, displays good eye/hand coordination, and makes the difficult reception in a crowd. Smart, aware pass-catcher who comes back into the clearing of the defense and remains focused throughout the action. Uses his frame to shield away opponents and displays reliable hands. Gives effort blocking, showing footwork and the ability to slide laterally in pass protection.
NEGATIVES: Possesses marginal speed and does not make plays deep in the secondary. Bends at the waist and shows limited strength as a blocker.
ANALYSIS: Carlson is a high-effort prospect with good intangibles. Solid in many aspects of the game, he projects as a number two tight end who will contribute for a team.