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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

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder showed off "the best combination of explosion and polish at the position" at the Senior Bowl, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"It can be tough for a 5-8, 174-pound wide receiver to stand tall in this type of all-star setting, but that's exactly what Crowder did this week, showing the best combination of explosion and polish at the position," Brugler wrote. "He has a tiny catching radius and small hands (8 3/8 inches), but caught everything thrown his way during drills, showing the ballskills and separation skills that will appeal to teams in search of an impact slot target." The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Crowder has been drawing comparisons to Brandin Cooks, Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton. Crowder "had a great week from start to finish" at the Senior Bowl, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 8:36 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 senior WR Jamison Crowder "had a great week from start to finish" at the Senior Bowl, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He projects as a slot receiver due to his size (5-foot-8, 174 pounds), not a No. 1 target, but he had a great week from start to finish," McShay wrote. "He displayed very good quickness and hands, and he created a lot of separation in his routes, setting up defenders with subtle shoulder and head fakes that allowed him to break free and provide his QBs with an open target." The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Crowder has been compared to Brandin Cooks, Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton.
Jan 26 - 11:46 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that, after a very impressive week of practice, Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder "had a tough game, twice bobbling kick returns."

"After a very impressive week of practice, Crowder had a tough game, twice bobbling kick returns. He was saved from a fumble on the first one by an obscure NFL rule that states that returners have the opportunity to re-secure a ball bobbled into the air if they waved for a fair catch," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Crowder has been drawing comparisons to Brandin Cooks, Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton for his ability to makes plays from multiple alignments. Rang added that Crowder "has terrific quickness and first-step acceleration to make big plays after the catch or as a returner."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 2:43 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

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder "reminds us a little of a smaller T.Y. Hilton," noted Scout's Inc.

"His size is an issue, at 5-8 and 174 pounds, but he does a really good job of creating separation," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He has good quickness and knows how to use it to set up defensive backs, particularly on double moves. He reminds us a little of a smaller T.Y. Hilton. He does a great job of plucking the ball out of the air and quickly transitioning upfield." Crowder has the ability to makes plays from multiple alignments, capable of hurting defenses from out wide, in the slot and as a returner. Crowder has also drawn comparisons to Saints' 2014 first-round pick Brandin Cooks and Steelers' Pro Bowl WR Antonio Brown.
Jan 24 - 8:29 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

Scout's Inc. writes that Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder "has stood out all week for his ball skills and ability to quickly transition upfield after the catch."

"He has simply played a little faster than what we've seen on his tape so far, and caught the ball better in traffic," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "But perhaps most encouraging is his savvy as a route-runner. He has a great ability to set defensive backs up with subtle moves like head bobs and shoulder movement that get them off balance. He's undersized and will never be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but he could be very effective in the slot." The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Crowder has been drawing comparisons to Brandin Cooks, Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton.
Jan 24 - 4:07 PM

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder "will play in the slot and as a return man at the next level," noted Scout's Inc.

"He isn't as fast as [Phillip] Dorsett but is just as quick coming out of his breaks," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He's a natural as a returner as well at tracking the ball and transitioning upfield." The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Crowder has drawn comparisons to Saints' 2014 first-round pick Brandin Cooks this week, while NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote during the season that scouts around the league should use Pro Bowl WR Antonio Brown as his comparison.
Jan 24 - 2:16 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis reported that a poll of defensive backs at the Senior Bowl revealed Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder was the hardest receiver to cover.

"I knew coming into this week that Crowder was an elite kick and punt returner, and the team that drafts him can count on him to deliver in that way from the jump. However, he also is a great route runner and has good hands," Davis wrote. "Crowder is well-schooled in the passing game coming from Duke, where he was coached by David Cutcliffe. He's built more like a slot receiver at 5-foot-8, 174 pounds, and he's probably best-suited to play inside." The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Crowder has drawn comparisons to Saints' 2014 first-round pick Brandin Cooks and Steelers' Pro Bowl WR Antonio Brown.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 7:19 PM

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder "has the focus and body control to make acrobatic catches look routine," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Crowder again stood out as the most explosive pass catcher on offense for the North squad [at Senior Bowl practices]," Brugler wrote. "His natural burst and route acceleration especially were impressive as he created separation, appearing to be a nightmare for defensive backs to cover in space. He does have a smaller catching radius, but for a player with such small hands (8 3/8 inches), Crowder has the focus and body control to make acrobatic catches look routine." The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Crowder has drawn comparisons to Saints' 2014 first-round pick Brandin Cooks this week, while NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote during the season that scouts around the league should use Pro Bowl WR Antonio Brown as his comparison.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 5:49 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder "looked like the best receiver on the North squad" at the Senior Bowl.

"Although he wasn't impressive during the weigh-ins, Duke's Jamison Crowder redeemed himself on the practice field Tuesday when it mattered and looked like the best receiver on the North squad. He has the athletic skill set and frame that draws comparisons to Saints 2014 first-round pick Brandin Cooks," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Crowder may not win with his size at the next level, but he makes up for it with short-area quickness and his ability to make defenders miss in space. Brugler added that Crowder beat "press with his sudden quickness and creating space out of his breaks," at Tuesday's practice.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 21 - 1:58 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler describes Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder as "Brandin Cooks Light" at Senior Bowl practices.

"Duke WR Jamison Crowder is a Brandin Cooks Light out here. Explosive breaks with natural adjustments on the ball. Like him more and more," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Crowder has the ability to makes plays from multiple alignments. The Blue Devil prospect can hurt defenses from out wide, in the slot and as a returner. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks recently wrote that scouts around the league "would be wise to use Pro Bowl WR Antonio Brown as the pro comparison" to Crowder.
Jan 20 - 2:17 PM

Duke junior S Jeremy Cash will return to school in 2015.

It's the right call. Cash is a two-time second-team All-ACC selection, and was coming off a nice season, so, like any potentially draftable prospect, the NFL crossed his mind. However, he was no lock to get drafted, so Cash decided to spend another year working on his stock. Duke said Cash was the only DB in the country to collect 100-plus tackles, 10.0-plus TFL and 5-plus sacks this season. He's 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.
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