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Laken Tomlinson | Guard

Team: Duke Blue Devils
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/9/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 330

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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. Dec 17 - 8:52 PM

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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.
Dec 1 - 10:59 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
Nov 25 - 10:15 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.
Nov 24 - 2:45 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.
Nov 20 - 2:40 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
Nov 13 - 10:32 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.
Aug 17 - 2:07 PM

Duke senior OG Laken Tomlinson "enters his senior year as one of the top guard prospects in the 2015 draft class," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens, and will "draw first round grades" if he can stay healthy.

Tomlinson earned second-team All-ACC selection as a junior and is a three-time All-ACC Academic selection as well. "Tomlinson possesses the ideal thick, powerful build for an NFL guard and demonstrates impressive movement skills for his size with nimble feet, flexible hips and smoothness when asked to change direction both as a run blocker and in pass protection," wrote Stephens. "His natural strength is obvious, as he's able to routinely dictate and finish opponents when he latches on, and he does a good job of holding ground when anchoring, even when asked to reset after being caught off guard or initially knocked back." According to the analyst, Tomlinson must improve his hand use, play with better lower-half width in pass protection, and stay lower off the snap, but these flaws "aren't nearly as evident as they once were."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 1:21 PM