Lions selected Duke OG Laken Tomlinson with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that if "there's a first-round guard in this draft and he's not a conversion it's" Duke OG Laken Tomlinson.
Duke OG Laken Tomlinson is "not a great athlete but is the best of this year's guard class, and he's a proven run-blocker," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.
Duke OG Laken Tomlinson "has developed into a quality guard who can move and is physical at the point of attack," according to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.
Duke OG Laken Tomlinson is a prospect "who must be placed into the right scheme to enjoy similar success in the NFL," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
The National Football Post's Greg Gabriel believes Duke OG Laken Tomlinson "should be a starter by his second year."
Duke OG Laken Tomlinson "should be one of only four Blue Devil alums to play more than 50 games in NFL," predicted CBS Sports' Frank Cooney.
Duke OG Laken Tomlinson was named as one of the draft's 10 safest prospects by NFL Media.
An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Duke OG Laken Tomlinson "needs to work on his technique and balance."
NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said of Duke OG Laken Tomlinson: "I think he's a really good player."
NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compared Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson to Detroit Lions offensive lineman Larry Warford.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson's Senior Bowl performance says more 2nd-3rd round" grade.
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.
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."