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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.

Tomlinson is a pure guard. He started every game at right guard since his 2010 redshirt year. The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder has seen his stock jump over the winter thanks to a strong week at the Senior Bowl, though an NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel still believes Tomlinson "needs to work on his technique and balance."
Apr 21 - 9:49 PM

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 threw a lot, which helped him develop as a pass protector," Prisco wrote. Tomlinson, of course, moved to the U.S. from Jamaica at age 10, acclimating to the game late. He's made up for lost time and is one of this year's best guard prospects. Tomlinson was a first-team A.P. All-American and first-team All-ACC honoree last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 10:53 PM

The Bucs, Panthers and Texans put Duke WR Jamison Crowder through private workouts, according to Aaron Wilson.

Crowder did not test well at the Combine and could wind up in the third day because of it. Why? Teams want a trait that allows a prospect to compensate for a deficiency. The shorter slow receiver also played on the outside at Duke. We still like his game, but teams might not agree.
Apr 20 - 12:19 PM

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.

"He's a prospect who must be placed into the right scheme to enjoy similar success in the NFL, however. Tomlinson lacks great agility and balance and so he'll struggle in a zone scheme that asks him to block on the move. Instead, run behind him as he drives defenders off the ball," Rang wrote. In his time in Durham, Tomlinson was quite reliable for the Blue Devils, starting every game at right guard since his 2010 redshirt year. Last season, Tomlinson was selected first-team A.P. All-American and first-team All-ACC.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 4:01 PM

The National Football Post's Greg Gabriel believes Duke OG Laken Tomlinson "should be a starter by his second year."

Gabriel anticipates Tomlinson getting drafted in the third to fourth round area. "The team that drafts him may want to move him to center. With his girth and power, he can be a force versus the big nose tackles in the league," Gabriel wrote. "He has the smarts and leadership skills to be the leader of the O-Line from the center position." As a four-year starter, Tomlinson never missed a start in his career. "As a player, he is best as a run blocker. He comes off the ball low and has some explosiveness on contact," Gabriel wrote. "He does a good job getting movement with his blocks and has enough athleticism in space to get to the second level. He also does a good job with combo blocks."
Apr 5 - 8:05 PM

Duke WR Jamison Crowder had a work out for the Texans on Friday, according to Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin.

The Blue Devils' prospect could offer the Texans a versatile play maker, who can win in the slot and on special teams. The Texans currently have DeAndre Hopkins leading the way at the position, with Cecil Shorts as their No.2 wideout. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Crowder, could be seen as a potential replacement for WR Damaris Johnson in the slot.
Apr 3 - 2:53 PM

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.

"He appears to be perfectly constructed for an NFL guard with thick hips and a broad upper body that is difficult to neutralize," Cooney wrote. "But he seems a bit robotic at times and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to taking on more athletic defenders in the NFL. He did impress at Senior Bowl workouts showing expected power against bull rush, but surprising lateral quickness in pass protection. Tomlinson will start as soon as he shows he can cope with the speed and athleticism of NFL players." Tomlinson, who intends to enter medical school to become a neurosurgeon, has one heck of a backup plan if the whole football thing doesn't work out. "Concussions in the NFL can lead to depression, especially in high impact positions. Wide receivers and running backs, those guys are prone to more low-impact collisions than anyone else in the game. So the research that's going on right now adds more to the knowledge at hand," future Dr. Tomlinson said.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 2 - 10:51 PM

The Patriots put Duke WR Jamison Crowder through a private workout last week.

Teams are not limited to the number of private workouts they can conduct. Crowder had a terrible Combine and did improve some numbers during his pro day. The receiver likely projects to the slot but has flashed winning contested catches.
Source: USA Today
Apr 1 - 1:05 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson believes Duke WR Jamison Crowder is a slot receiver/returner, who makes "sense" for the Cincinnati Bengals, CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.

"At the Combine I spoke with Geoff Hobson, a respected reporter who once covered the Cincinnati Bengals as a beat reporter and now works for the team's official website about slot receivers/returners who made sense for the club. Crowder was among the prospects we discussed and it was clear Wednesday that Cincinnati was interested, reportedly sending wide receivers coach James Urban and special teams Darrin Simmons to the workout," Rang wrote. It's possible that Bengals' offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson, could see Crowder as his replacement for WR Andrew Hawkins, who left via free-agency last year. The Blue Devils' prospect has drawn comparisons to Brandin Cooks, Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 26 - 3:13 PM

Duke OG Laken Tomlinson was named as one of the draft's 10 safest prospects by NFL Media.

He checked in at No. 10, but it's interesting that he made the list at all, as Tomlinson was the only one of the 10 who has zero chance of getting popped in Round 1. In fact, he'll probably go somewhere in Round 3. "It's hard to find a bad scouting word about Tomlinson, who really turned heads at the Senior Bowl by holding his own against [Danny] Shelton," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "He's not considered a high-end first-round draft pick because of the position he plays -- guard simply isn't a premium position. But the senior has every physical tool to play the position and is considered a player of high character, as well." The 6-foot-3, 330-pounder has seen his stock jump over the winter thanks to a strong week at the Senior Bowl, though an NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel still believes Tomlinson "needs to work on his technique and balance."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 10:05 PM

Duke WR Jamison Crowder has workouts scheduled with the Bucs, Panthers, Patriots and Texans, according to Rand Getlin.

After a good Senior Bowl week, Crowder produced a terrible Combine in terms of athletic testing. In fact, it was shocking how poor it was. Some might say to only look at what he does on the field, but because of that athleticism mixed with small size, Crowder is a "leap of faith" evaluation. We would take that leap.
Mar 19 - 10:13 AM

Duke WR Jamison Crowder "needs to improve on his [combine] numbers at his pro day to keep up with his competition," believes NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

Duke's pro day is set for March 25. "Crowder did not run as fast as we expected at the combine, clocking in at 4.56 in the 40-yard dash," Davis said. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound prospect (30 3/8-inch arms and 8 3/4-inch hands) finished No. 27 out of 39 receivers in that event. "Now, it's true that some receivers are quicker than fast, but Crowder is competing against the likes of Kansas State's Tyler Lockett to be one of the first slot receivers drafted -- Lockett ran a 4.40 and had an excellent combine," Davis wrote. The slot receiver with joystick agility has been compared to Brandin Cooks, Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 8:17 PM

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

Duke WR Jamison Crowder logged forty times of 4.56 and 4.58 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

We aren't surprised or let down by these numbers. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound prospect has poor measurements all around -- with 30 3/8-inch arms and 8 3/4-inch hands -- but is a smart slot receiver with joystick agility who could be an elite NFL return man. The Blue Devils' prospect has drawn comparisons to Brandin Cooks, Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton.
Feb 21 - 11:33 PM

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


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