Data Scout Notes: 2014: POutland/DS#1PSTeamProspect-DStephens...2013: 1stC/2ndM...POutland...2012: NA...2011: DS #41 Fr OG
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Draft Scout Laken Tomlinson News
07/07/14 - Duke's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. OG Laken Tomlinson...From a technical standpoint, Tomlinson is still learning to use his hands, as he'll be seen from time to time allowing defenders into his frame rather than jarring his opponent with extension, due mostly to poor hand placement or lowering his shoulder on contact. He also needs to demonstrate better width in his lower half while sliding in pass protection, and continue to stay low off the snap to establish leverage earlier in the play, but these flaws aren't nearly as evident as they once were and he has become a much more consistent technician who relies less on strength and athleticism than he once did. Look for Tomlinson to draw first round grades heading into the 2015 draft if he's able to stay healthy. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/07/14 - Duke's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. OG Laken Tomlinson...A second-team All-ACC selection as a junior and 39-time starter at right guard for the Blue Devils, Laken Tomlinson enters his senior year as one of the top guard prospects in the 2015 draft class. A three-time All-ACC Academic selection as well, the Chicago native has utilized an impressive combination of size, strength, athleticism and smarts to develop into one of the conferences most dominant lineman over the past three seasons, and has shown continual growth both physically and technically in that time.
Tomlinson possesses the ideal thick, powerful build for an NFL guard and demonstrates impressive movement skills for his size with nimble feet, flexible hips and smoothness when asked to change direction both as a run blocker and in pass protection. His natural strength is obvious, as he's able to routinely dictate and finish opponents when he latches on, and he does a good job of holding ground when anchoring, even when asked to reset after being caught off guard or initially knocked back. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
12/13/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OG-Laken Tomlinson, Jr.-R, Duke (26)...Tomlinson has been on the field for nearly 900 snaps and anchors an offensive line that has allowed Duke to rush for 173.7 yards per game and pass for 234.4 yards per game. Behind Tomlinson’s protection, Duke has surpassed 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in the same season for the first time in school history while surrendering just 16 sacks in 13 games for the third fewest in the ACC. - Duke football
12/04/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): G Laken Tomlinson, Duke, 6-3, 320, Jr.-R, Chicago, Ill. (90)...Tomlinson, a 6-3, 220-pound redshirt junior from Chicago, Ill., has been on the field for 844 snaps – fifth-most on the team – and anchors an offensive line that has allowed Duke to rush for 179.9 yards per game and pass for 242.2 yards per game. Behind Tomlinson’s protection, Duke has surpassed 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in the same season for the first time in school history while surrendering just 14 sacks in 12 games for the third fewest in the ACC. - Duke football
07/17/13 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Laken Tomlinson, Duke, G...Last year, Tomlinson spearheaded a Blue Devil offensive front that ranked second in the ACC in sacks allowed per pass attempt as quarterback Sean Renfree topped the 3,000-yard barrier for the second time in his career. The Duke passing game also featured two 1,000-yard receivers in all-conference selections Jamison Crowder and Conner Vernon. In the run game, Tomlinson helped open holes as Duke’s top three running backs combined to average 4.95 yards per carry with 1,401 yards on 283 attempts.
Tomlinson is one of 11 players from the ACC tabbed to the watch list. The 75-man list features 25 offensive tackles, 20 offensive guards, 19 defensive tackles and 11 centers. Duke’s lone recipient of the Outland Trophy is Mike McGee, who earned the honor in 1959. Also the ACC Player of the Year and first team All-America pick that season, McGee went on to earn enshrinement into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990. - Duke football