Photo of Laken Tomlinson
Drafted By: Lions
  • Round 1
  • Pick 28
  • Overall 28

Combine Results

5.62 ?
  • 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

Draft Analysis:

"This is a really interesting pick for the Lions. Tomlinson is one of my favorite guards in this draft. Tomlinson is a people mover; a phone booth guy and a finisher." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 323LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands


Started every game at right guard for Duke following a 2010 redshirt season. In 2014, selected first-team A.P. All-American and first-team All-ACC. Second-team All-ACC selection in 2013. Academic All-ACC selection in 2012 and 2011. Two-time all-city selection at Lane Technical High School in Chicago. Recruited as both offensive and defensive lineman by Duke. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Chicago in eighth grade. Didn't start playing football until his freshman season at Lane. Traveled to Ethiopia in May 2012 on a water-well digging project with teammates. Wants to be a doctor after football career is over.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 5.23 and 5.2 seconds
Short shuttle: 4.73 seconds
3-cone: 7.87 seconds
Vertical jump: 29 inches
Broad jump: 9 feeet



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. Brings impressive level of power against like-minded phone-booth warriors. Generates push as an in-line blocker. Didn't allow a sack over the last two years. Will give teams his best brand of football when highlighted in straight-ahead power game.


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.

Draft Projection

Round 2

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 "He was really impressive matching up against true power players at the Senior Bowl. He made Danny Shelton quit on a couple of reps when he couldn't get any push against Tomlinson." -- AFC general manager

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. What Tomlinson lacks in second-level ability he makes up for in straight-ahead power and an ability to stalemate power players. His success in the NFL could be predicated on scheme and landing spot.
-Lance Zierlein
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.