Former Duke offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson was taken at No, 28 overall by the Detroit Lions in this year's NFL Draft. He is the first player to be taken in the first round out of Duke since 1987, when linebacker Mike Junkin went No. 5 to the Cleveland Browns.
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Tomlinson was rated as a three-star player coming out of Lane Technical High School in Chicago, but developed into one of the top guards in the country under David Cutcliffe at Duke.At 6-foot-3, 323 pounds, the First Team All-American projects to be one of the best interior run blockers in the 2015 draft class. His athleticism is a bit of a concern, but he should be a good fit on the inside for the Lions.
According to NFL.com, Tomlinson's closest comparison is Chris Watt. Here's more:
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.
The Indianapolis Colts are now on the clock.