2015 NFL DRAFT

Laken Tomlinson, OG

School: Duke  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Chicago, IL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 323 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
4812

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.333.111.8925 31 1/28'7"4.878.17
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.222.941.75- -09'00"4.717.77

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: NFL body type with thick hips and massive upper body. Rolls his hips to generate pop and move bodies at the point of attack, using his lower body strength to drive block in the run game. Stout frame, not an easy player to put on his heels and rarely caught moving in reverse. Adequate set up quickness with aggressive hands off the snap. Uses his eyes well to pick up twists and extra rushers, clearly displaying a high football IQ. Conscious effort to keep his knees bent and pad level low, something that appears to come natural to him. Physically and mentally tough and gives consistently high effort from snap-to-snap. Senior captain and four-year starter at right guard and very reliable. High character human being who won't take shortcuts and has a proven work ethic.

WEAKNESSES: Clunky in a crowd with tight hips. Limited mobility and range, struggling with consistency at the second level and not doing much outside of a few feet at the line of scrimmage. Stops his feet too often and ends up falling off blocks and on the ground, struggling to sustain with his limited arm length, especially in space. Tardy mirror skills and too often caught off balance and hunched at the waist and needs to be more of a consistent knee bender. Struggles to counter interior rush moves and needs to better anticipate pressures pre-snap. All of his experience has come at right guard with questionable versatility to line up at other positions on the line.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Tomlinson was born in Jamaica, moved to the U.S. with his mother at the age of 10 and started playing football as a freshman in high school. He was recruited as both an offensive and defensive lineman, but focused on offense at Duke and was a mainstay at right guard for the Blue Devils the last four seasons, starting 52 straight games. He was a three-time All-ACC First Teamer and four-time Academic All-ACC honoree, earning the 2014 Orange Bowl Courage Award.

Tomlinson has a wide, squatty body that takes up room and allows him to anchor, plugging holes in the line, but struggles to consistently sustain or be dependable if asked to block in space or pay away from the line of scrimmage. He doesn't consistently bring his feet with him in the run game and lacks the length to get away with his technical issues, struggling to be reliable in space. Tomlinson is a first-class person with strong intangibles and work ethic, but projects as a short-area NFL backup.

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05/04/2015 - Lions trade down and load up at OL...Though many analysts thought Tomlinson was the top guard available, the expectation was that he'd go in the second round. Mayhew said the Lions graded him as a first-round talent early in the process. "Walking across that stage (in Chicago) has deeply impacted my life, not only my life but my family's life and everyone that I've been connected to since I've been here in the United States and everyone back home in Jamaica," he said. "So it's really been a tremendous night and I'm just so happy." Growing up in Jamaica, Tomlinson said he played soccer, but once he was grew so big and was living in the U.S., his uncle recommended he play football as a way to remain physically fit.

Tomlinson started playing in seventh grade, and on Thursday, he became the first first-round pick from Duke since 1987 and the first interior offensive lineman the Lions drafted in Round 1 since Jeff Hartings in 1996. Intelligence isn't Tomlinson's only attribute. His footwork is a strength, and he said at the combine he's a "nasty" player. During the Senior Bowl, Tomlinson said he met with Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn. The Lions didn't host him on a pre-draft visit, but that was unnecessary as he has no red flags off the field. "Honestly, I had no idea that (the Lions) were so interested in me, and I'm just so happy that they saw me as their guy," Tomlinson said. - The Sports Xchange

 

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