Caelen Carson

American football player (born 2002)

American football player
Caelen Carson
No. 41 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (2002-03-03) March 3, 2002 (age 22)
Waldorf, Maryland, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:North Point (Waldorf, Maryland)
College:Wake Forest (2020–2023)
NFL draft:2024 / Round: 5 / Pick: 174
Career history
  • Dallas Cowboys (2024–present)
Roster status:Active
Player stats at PFR

Caelen Carson (born March 3, 2002) is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

High school career

Carson attended North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland, where he was a wide receiver and a cornerback on the football team. He helped them reach the Maryland 4A state championship, while they had a 13-1 record. Carson was a first team All-Southern Maryland selection.[1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Caelen Carson
CB
Waldorf, MD North Point 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jun 5, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: Unranked  247Sports: 1725  ESPN: Unranked
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2022 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career

Carson played in all but one game his freshman year, and tallied up 25 tackles, a forced fumble, and one interception.[2] He got his first interception of his career against Virginia. In 2021, he played every game up until a 58-55 loss to North Carolina, where he went down with an injury, and missed the rest of the season.[3] He ended 2021 with 31 tackles, 2 interceptions, and a fumble recovery.[4] 2022 was also hammered by injuries for Carson, as he injured his leg against Liberty on September 9, and didn't see the field until the Demon Deacons faced Louisville.[5] He finished 2022 with 21 tackles, and no interceptions.[6] He played in 11 out of 12 games in his redshirt junior year, and ended up with 42 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.[7] After the season, he accepted an invite to the 2024 Senior Bowl.[8] He also was invited for the NFL Combine.[9]

College statistics

Season Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
Solo Asst. Tot. Sacks FF FR Int. Yds. Avg. TD
2020 8 19 6 25 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
2021 9 26 5 31 0 0 1 2 30 15.0 0
2022 8 17 4 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023 11 29 13 42 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Total 36 91 28 119 0 2 2 3 30 10.0 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11+78 in
(1.83 m)
199 lb
(90 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
8+14 in
(0.21 m)
4.53 s 1.54 s 2.59 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
6 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[10][11]

Carson was selected with the 39th pick in the 5th round (174th overall) in the 2024 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Caelen Carson - Football". Wake Forest University Athletics. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  2. ^ "Caelen Carson 2020 Stats per Game - NCAAF". ESPN. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  3. ^ "2024 NFL Draft: Caelen Carson Is Name To Watch At Cornerback". NFL Mocks. June 29, 2023. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  4. ^ "Caelen Carson 2021 Stats per Game - NCAAF". ESPN. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  5. ^ Thamel, Pete (September 24, 2022). "Wake Forest CB Carson considered week-to-week". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  6. ^ "Caelen Carson 2022 Stats per Game - NCAAF". ESPN. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  7. ^ "Caelen Carson 2023 Stats per Game - NCAAF". ESPN. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  8. ^ "NFL.com's prospects who could rise at Senior Bowl". Giants.com. January 30, 2024. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  9. ^ Dell, John (February 21, 2024). "Wake Forest notebook: Defensive backs Carson, Mustapha invited to NFL Combine". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved February 23, 2024.
  10. ^ "Caelen Carson Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 25, 2024.
  11. ^ "2024 NFL Draft Scout Caelen Carson College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved March 25, 2024.
  12. ^ Halprin, David (April 27, 2024). "NFL Draft results 2024: Dallas Cowboys select CB Caelen Carson with the 174th pick". Blogging The Boys. Retrieved June 30, 2024.

External links

  • Dallas Cowboys bio
  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons bio
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