John Carlson Scouting Report
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NFL Draft > 2008 Prospects > TE > John Carlson

John Carlson Scouting Report

Position: TE
Conference: Independent
School: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #89
Height & Weight: 6'6 - 255 lbs.
Drafted 2.7 in 2008 by SEA

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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John Carlson, TE, Notre Dame

Carlson began his career at Notre Dame in 2003 with the school's basketball team. For this reason, the university granted him an additional year of eligibility. He played in twelve games in 2004 and 2005 as tight end and special team contributor. The 2006 season marked his ascent as one of the nation's best TE. He started eleven games, had 47 receptions for 634 yards and four TDs, with a career long 62-yard TD reception. He was named to SI.com's 2006 All American team. He played in all of Notre Dame's games this past season, amounting for 37 receptions for 343 yards and three TDs. The slip in production was attributed to the lack of production out of the quarterback position. A very bright individual, Carlson was an Academic All American in 2006. He is an experienced three year starter and is more quick than fast. He times up at a range of 4.72 to 4.87 in the 40s and he is a very good athlete. He has a smooth release off the line and is a disciplined route runner who has the ability to find the open area in zone coverage. Carlson knows how to setup defenders and has good body control. He likes to play in the middle of the field and will his extend hand to catch a ball thrown away from his body, so he seldom drop passes. Carson will adjust well once the ball is in the air. He is also a willing downfield blocker, but is more of a receiver than a blocker at this time. He needs to add bulk, because he can be pushed around. In-line blocking needs improvement; his blocking techniques are OK, but not great. He Lacks the speed to blow by defensive backs and he can be caught from behind. Carlson was an overrated prospect following the 2006 season. He certainly has what it takes to make it in the NFL, but needs to add bulk and strength to compensate for his relative lack of straight line speed. He is a great and willing receiver. He needs to impress scouts at the Combine and the Pro Day in order to elevate his stock. As of today, he is projected to be a 4th rounder.

Last Updated Dec-24-2007 by Raul Colon

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