PLAYER
Laken Tomlinson
OG #72
Height:
6-3
Weight:
312
College:
Duke
Hometown:
Chicago, IL
Experience:
3
Offensive Line
YearTeamGGS
TOTAL 44 36
2017 SF 12 12
2016 DET 16 10
2015 DET 16 14

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Biography

The Lions’ top pick of the 2015 NFL Draft (28th overall), Tomlinson’s size and athleticism further adds to the Lions’ young offensive line following a four-year career at Duke.

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  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (28th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

PRO
The Lions’ top pick of the 2015 NFL Draft (28th overall), Tomlinson’s size and athleticism further adds to the Lions’ young offensive line following a four-year career at Duke.

2016: Started his 15th career game at left guard in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11). Contributed to an offensive line that allowed the Lions to rush for 116 yards.

  • Started at right guard in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16), helping the Lions offense net 348 total yards and convert two fourth downs, while also allowing no sacks in the game.
  • In Week 12 vs. Minnesota on Thanksgiving (11/24), was part of an offensive line that helped the Lions total 308 net yards of offense in a 16-13 victory.
  • Started at left guard in Week 14 vs. Chicago (12/11) and helped the Lions tally 114 total rushing yards in a 20-17 victory.
  • Started at left guard for the third consecutive game in Week 16 at Dallas (12/26).
  • In Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1), started on an offensive line that allowed QB Matthew Stafford to throw for 347 yards and RB Zach Zenner to rush for a career-high 69 yards and one touchdown.
  • Started at left guard in the Wild Card playoff game at Seattle (1/7).

2015: Started his first career NFL game along the offensive line in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13). Started 14 of the Lions’ 16 games in his first NFL season.

  • Saw action at guard in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20).
  • Contributed in a rotational role at guard in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27).
  • Made his second career start at left guard in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5) along an offensive line that allowed no sacks against the Seahawks.
  • Made his third career start at left guard in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11).
  • Started at left guard in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18). Contributed to an offensive attack that produced four touchdowns, a season-best 546 yards in total offense, including 155 rushing yards.
  • In Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25), started at left guard.
  • In Week 8 at Kansas City (11/1), started at left guard.
  • In Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15) started at left guard. Was a part of an offensive line that helped mount an 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter that resulted in a touchdown, giving the Lions an 18-10 lead with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter.
  • In Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/21) started at left guard and was part of an offensive line that opened up the ground game and helped produce over 100 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
  • Started at left guard in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/22). Was a part of an offensive line that helped produce 100+ rushing yards for the second straight week and helped sustain six straight scoring drives.
  • In Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3) started at left guard and was a part of an offensive line that opened up running lanes for 100+ rushing yards.
  • In Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13) started at left guard. For the fourth straight week, was a part of an offensive line that helped the Lions reach 100+ rushing yards.
  • In Week 17 at Chicago (1/3) started at left guard.

COLLEGE
Lettered four seasons at Duke (2011-14) and helped the Blue Devils to 28 wins during that span, including the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship and three bowl game appearances (2012 Belk, 2013 Chick-fil-A & 2014 Hyundai Sun). Played in and started 52 games as the team’s right guard, logging 3,962 career snaps, and was named team captain in 2014.

  • Named Academic All-ACC all four years of his college career.

2014: Consensus All-America selection and was named First Team All-America by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation. Also earned second team honors from Athlon, Sporting News and USA Today and was a First Team All-ACC choice by both the league’s head coaches and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

  • Started all 13 games as the anchor along Duke’s offensive line, which led the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (3.15) and ranked first in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt (36.23) and second in sacks allowed per game (1.00).
  • Finished second in the balloting for the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, an honor presented annually to the top blocker in the ACC.
  • Part of a Blue Devil offense that became the first in school history to average 180+ rushing yards and 210+ passing yards per game. Duke’s 181.85 rushing yards per game is the program’s highest mark since 1977.
  • Helped open holes for RB Shaun Wilson to set the school single-game record for rushing yards with 245 against Kansas.
  • Offensive line helped QB Anthony Boone (5), QB Thomas Sirk (8) and Wilson (5) become just the fourth trio in Duke history to post five or more rushing touchdowns, respectively, in a single season.

2013: First Team All-ACC choice by the league’s head coaches and was named to both the ACC and national All-Bowl Teams by ESPN after helping the Blue Devils compile 661 total yards and 48 points against Texas A&M in the 46th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Integral part of Duke’s offensive front that ranked first in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt (27.8) and established a school single-season-record 298 total first downs, 5,966 offensive yards and 459 points.
  • Helped the Blue Devils offense finish among the ACC leaders in total offense (426.1; 4th), scoring (32.8; 5th), rushing (178.0; 5th) and passing (248.1; 6th).
  • Duke offense also became the first in school history, and one of just four in the ACC in 2013, to amass 25+ rushing and 25+ passing touchdowns.

2012: As a sophomore, was the recipient of the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, a team honor presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength and conditioning.

  • Played a team-high 1,048 total snaps on his way to earning the program’s K.D. Kennedy Iron Devil Award.
  • Started all 13 games at right guard

2011: First Team Freshman All-America selection by Sporting News after starting all 12 games at right guard, becoming just the seventh First Team Freshman All-America selection in school history.

  • Named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after helping Duke throw for 335 yards with zero turnovers and zero sacks allowed in a 31-27 road win over FIU.

PERSONAL
Played four seasons at Lane Technical High School in Chicago under coach Rich Rio, where he was listed as the 23rd-best offensive guard by Scout.com and 20th-best offensive lineman in the country by USA Today’s Tom Lemming.

  • Earned all-state honors as a senior from both the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and Chicago Tribune after being named team MVP.
  • Was a two-time all-city pick and four-time first team all-conference selection. Helped Lane to the 2008 Chicago Public League football championship.
  • Also competed in track and field at Lane in discus and shot put.
  • In May of 2012, joined nine Duke teammates on a mission trip to Langano, Ethiopia for a water well-digging project.
  • Graduated from Duke with degrees in both evolutionary anthropology (B.A.) and psychology (B.S.).

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