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Laken Tomlinson | Guard

Team: Duke Blue Devils
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/9/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 330

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An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Duke OG Laken Tomlinson "needs to work on his technique and balance."
"He's a big, square, flexible athlete," the scout said. "He's got good movement." The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder has seen his stock jump over the winter thanks to a strong week at the Senior Bowl. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Tomlinson's tape indicated a 4th-5th rounder, while his Senior Bowl performance was indicative of a 2nd-3rd rounder. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Tomlinson to Detroit Lions offensive lineman Larry Warford. Mar 1 - 6:58 PM

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NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said of Duke OG Laken Tomlinson: "I think he's a really good player."

"This is a big, square, tough guy," Mayock said. "Smart as can be. Has movement in the run game. Surprisingly quick in short areas. I think he really helped himself at the Senior Bowl. I think a lot of the doubters as far as his athleticism and ability to pass block went, 'Ooh, he's blocking some of the best defensive linemen in the country.'" Mayock compares Tomlinson to Detroit Lions offensive lineman Larry Warford. The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder has seen his stock jump over the winter thanks to a strong week at the Senior Bowl. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Tomlinson's tape indicated a 4th-5th rounder, while his Senior Bowl performance was indicative of a 2nd-3rd rounder.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 3:04 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compared Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson to Detroit Lions offensive lineman Larry Warford.

The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder has seen his stock jump over the winter thanks to a strong week at the Senior Bowl. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Tomlinson's tape indicated a 4th-5th rounder, while his Senior Bowl performance was indicative of a 2nd-3rd rounder. Tomlinson was "stamped with a fifth-round grade" heading into Senior Bowl week by Scouts Inc., "but he played a lot better than that during [Senior Bowl] practices." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline also noted that Tomlinson "moved from late-round prospect into the middle frames" after his performance in Mobile.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 11:01 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson's Senior Bowl performance says more 2nd-3rd round" grade.

"Duke OG Laken Tomlinson is somewhat of an enigma for me. His film says 4th-5th round. His Senior Bowl performance says more 2nd-3rd round," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder was "stamped with a fifth-round grade" heading into the week by Scouts Inc., "but he played a lot better than that during [Senior Bowl] practices." Tomlinson "helped himself as much as any prospect at the Senior Bowl," NFL.com's Charles Davis recently wrote. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline also noted that Tomlinson "moved from late-round prospect into the middle frames" after his performance in Mobile.
Feb 3 - 2:30 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson "moved from late-round prospect into the middle frames" due to his work at the Senior Bowl.

"Tomlinson has not dominated this week but, at the same time, he's not been beaten and has impressed scouts with disciplined play," Pauline wrote. "Tomlinson blocks with great fundamentals and did not give up an inch to defenders in either drills or scrimmage." The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder was "stamped with a fifth-round grade" heading into the week by Scouts Inc., "but he played a lot better than that during [Senior Bowl] practices." Tomlinson "helped himself as much as any prospect at the Senior Bowl," NFL.com's Charles Davis recently wrote.
Jan 29 - 5:20 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that he and his Scout Inc. colleagues had Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson "stamped with a fifth-round grade coming in, but he played a lot better than that during [Senior Bowl] practices."

"He was the most consistent offensive lineman all week," McShay wrote. "He isn't an elite athlete but he does a good job of staying in balance in pass protection and the run game, and what really stands out is his inline power and powerful punch to drive defenders off the ball on running plays and redirect pass-rushers." The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder anchored a Duke offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the country by percentage this year. Tomlinson "helped himself as much as any prospect at the Senior Bowl," NFL.com's Charles Davis recently wrote. For most of the regular season, he was considered a late-rounder, but perhaps Tomlinson now seems to be in the mid-round conversation.
Jan 27 - 8:07 PM

Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson "helped himself as much as any prospect at the Senior Bowl," wrote NFL.com's Charles Davis.

"The scouting report I had heard coming into this week was that Tomlinson is a good player with heavy feet," Davis wrote. "However, I thought his feet were more than quick enough when I watched him in practices. Plus, he accepted the challenge of going up against Shelton, the consensus top player at the Senior Bowl, and Tomlinson had no problem dealing with Shelton. In fact, Tomlinson acquitted himself quite nicely when matched up against him. The former Duke guard is a big, strong, forceful interior lineman with a good hand punch." This isn't the first analyst who's spoken of Tomlinson's rise up boards. For most of the regular season, he was considered a late-rounder, but perhaps Tomlinson is moving up into mid-round consideration.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 10:59 PM

Senior Bowl defensive linemen unanimously told NFL.com that Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson was the toughest North offensive linemen they faced this week.

"The Duke guard has been a fast-riser this whole week and put on yet another show in the one-on-one drills that you couldn't help but notice," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He establishes such a good base and is so fundamentally sound that defensive linemen who don't have a plan to beat him often find themselves on the ground or well past the pocket." The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder anchored a Duke offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the country by percentage this year.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 7:41 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper has moved Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson to No. 5 on his guard rankings.

Tomlinson continues his steady ascension up draft boards. The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder is the anchor of an offensive line that has allowed the fewest sacks in the country by percentage. For most of the season, he's been considered a late-rounder, but perhaps Tomlinson is moving up into mid-round consideration.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 08:52:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson "intrigues scouts."

"He’s a wide bodied lineman at 6-feet/3-inches and 325lbs, strong enough to open holes on the line of scrimmage and nimble enough to remove defenders on the second level," Pauline wrote. "He’s not expected to wow anyone in pre-draft testing rather Tomlinson will be a name that slips into the later rounds of the draft then fights for a starting role at the next level." Tomlinson is the anchor of an offensive line that has allowed the fewest sacks in the country by percentage.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 10:59:00 PM

Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Tomlinson, 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, is the anchor of an offensive line that has allowed the fewest sacks in the country by percentage. Over the summer, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that the senior is "not overly effective blocking in motion but has enough ability to make the two-deep at the next level." Tomlinson earned second-team All-ACC honors last year. "Tomlinson has a massive and wide frame. Big time punch," ESPN's Kevin Weidl tweeted recently.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 10:15:00 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson "has a massive and wide frame" with a "big time punch."

"At UNC/Duke game to check out OG Laken Tomlinson amongst other prospects. Tomlinson has a massive and wide frame. Big time punch," Weidl tweeted. The Blue Devil's 6-foot-3, 330-pound guard is the anchor of their offensive line, which has given up the fewest sacks in the country by percentage. Tomlinson earned second-team All-ACC honors as a junior and is a three-time All-ACC Academic selection. The Duke prospect has potential to be a late-round selection.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 02:45:00 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson is an "ideal fit for a power run game."

"Duke OG Laken Tomlinson has limitations but shows excellent inline power and will finish. Ideal fit for power run game," Weidl tweeted. The Blue Devil's 6-foot-3, 330-pound guard is the anchor of their offensive line, which has given up the fewest sacks in the country by percentage. Tomlinson earned second-team All-ACC honors as a junior and is a three-time All-ACC Academic selection. Tomlinson has potential to be a late-round prospect.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 02:40:00 PM

Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson said that the team conditioning staff has helped make him and his line "stronger and faster."

Tomlinson is the 6-foot-3, 330-pound anchor of an offensive line that has allowed the fewest sacks in the country by percentage. The guard said, "The conditioning staff has done an extremely great job of building up guys and getting us stronger and faster so we’re able to play four quarters efficiently, execute every play at 100 percent." Tomlinson is a potential late-round prospect. Over the summer, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that the senior is "not overly effective blocking in motion but has enough ability to make the two-deep at the next level."
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 10:32:00 PM

Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson has "enough ability to make the two-deep at the next level," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"It's great to see Duke play winning football and we should start to see some of their players being selected in the draft," Pauline wrote. "Laken Tomlinson is a stout, well built guard who sinks his hips on the line and blocks with leverage. He’s not overly effective blocking in motion but has enough ability to make the two-deep at the next level." Tomlinson earned second-team All-ACC honors as a junior and is a three-time All-ACC Academic selection. Pauline grades the fifth-year senior as a sixth-round prospect.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 02:07:00 PM