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After seeing the Packers select Arizona State S Damarious Randall as a cornerback in Round 1,'s Chad Reuter believes teams will like Duke senior S Jeremy Cash's "cover skills enough to pick him on Draft Thursday."

In the first round, in other words. "Cash (6-2, 205) might not line up outside on Sundays, but proving himself as a slot cover man during the 2015 season should help him join teammate Laken Tomlinson as an initial-round selection," Reuter wrote. The analyst ranks Cash as the No. 12 senior draft prospect. Cash has logged 232 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, six interceptions, 11 pass breakups, seven QB pressures, six caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries across 27 career games. He was arguably the nation's most productive DB last year. You know, if you think Gerod Holliman's interceptions were due in part to luck.
May 12 - 8:02 PM

Redskins signed Duke OT Takoby Cofield.

Cofield (6'4/310) was a 42-game starter for the Blue Devils, earning third-team All-ACC recognition as a senior left tackle. He has plus length (34" arms), big hands (10") and showed adequate athleticism at the Combine with a 5.19 forty and 30-inch vertical. Cofield is a good enough run blocker to eventually push for playing time at right tackle or guard, but lacks the foot speed and pass-protection skills to stay on the blind side.
May 4 - 12:39 AM

The Lions had a "B" draft and effectively shored up a problematic offensive line, opines ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The Lions acquired Broncos C Manny Ramirez in a trade to move down in Round 1 and then chose arguably the draft's best pure guard in Duke's Laken Tomlinson. "Even if Tomlinson is a bit of a reach, you added one starter and potentially two with the value of a single pick," Kiper wrote. Detroit popped Ameer Abdullah in Round 2 to replace Reggie Bush and then fortified secondary and defensive line depth, respectively, by taking Alex Carter and Gabe Wright.
May 3 - 8:40 PM

Lions signed Duke QB Anthony Boone.

Boone (6'0/231) was a two-year starter for the Blue Devils, completing 58.5 percent of his career throws with a 38:24 TD-to-INT ratio. He added 16 rushing touchdowns, but won't be an NFL scrambling threat with 5.03 speed and an 8-foot-4 broad jump. Boone is short and stocky with a backup-caliber arm and wildly unpredictable ball placement. He would do well to mirror fellow former Duke quarterback Thad Lewis' career.
May 3 - 8:01 PM

Redskins selected Duke WR Jamison Crowder with the No. 105 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Crowder (5'8/185) was a three-year starter, parlaying 283 career catches into 3,641 yards (12.9 YPR) and 23 touchdowns. He added four TDs on punt returns between his junior and senior years. Crowder managed a 4.56 forty at the Combine, but improved to 4.46/4.48 at the Duke Pro Day. He has a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. A quicker-than-fast slot receiver with return value, Crowder has been compared to Harry Douglas by SI's Doug Farrar.
May 2 - 12:28 PM

Lions selected Duke OG Laken Tomlinson with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Tomlinson (6'3/323) made 52 starts for Duke -- all at right guard -- and earned first-team All-American accolades as a senior. He didn't allow a sack in 2013 or 2014. Tomlinson ran 5.33 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine, pumping 25 reps on the bench. A heavy-handed power blocker with plus arm length (33 5/8") for a guard, Tomlinson is a phone-booth lineman and tempo setter in the trenches. Likened to new teammate RG Larry Warford by Mike Mayock, Tomlinson should make an instant impact in the run game at left guard. The Lions also acquired C Manny Ramirez from the Broncos by trading down.
Apr 30 - 11:06 PM

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.

"He's a plug-and-play, start-first-day right or left guard," he said. "He plays better than (Chance) Warmack. He's big, athletic, he can pull, he can block at the point, he's smart. He might be a great center, too, if you tried him there." Tomlinson is sharp and wants to be a doctor after his playing days are over, but scouts do not question his love for the game. "He looks better on the hoof than any subject in the draft other than Scherff," another scout said. "Great kid, smart (Wonderlic of 23). But how many Duke linemen have there been? You can't name them. Plus, he gets over his toes. He's top-heavy."
Apr 26 - 2:17 AM

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
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