Photo of Laken Tomlinson
Grade
5.6 ?
  • 5.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 103.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.17 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 323LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Intelligent four-year starter who sees and responds quickly to twist games up front. Plays with low pad level. Generates torque through hip snap and lower-body power. Has enough sand in his pants to drop anchor against bull rushers. Generates push as an in-line blocker. Hasn't allowed a sack over the last two years.

Weaknesses

Lack of range and athleticism is a major concern. Struggles with contact balance and allows defenders to disengage too frequently. Rock-'em, sock-?em movement up to the second level and is inconsistent hitting targets. Inconsistent footwork as a run blocker. Will give up initial bull rush as defenders get into his chest quickly. Fails to generate pop when asked to block on the move.

Sources Tell Us

"Some scouts see upside with him, but I think what you see is what you get. Clunky in a phone-booth type." -- NFL director of scouting

NFL Comparison

Chris Watt

Bottom Line

Tomlinson has treated defenders like a squat rep at times, but getting defenders centered and jacked will be tougher in the NFL. His lack of athleticism is a major concern and will cause problems winning initial engagements as defenders will get into him first. Tomlinson's lack of preferred physical traits and a go-to skill set leads me to believe he's more suited to be a backup than full-time NFL starter.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.