Lions Sign First Round Pick Tomlinson

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(ALLEN PARK, MI) – The Detroit Lions have announced that they have come to terms with guard Laken Tomlinson, their top pick of the 2015 NFL draft and 28th overall. The Duke University alumnus and the Lions came to an agreement on a four-year deal, the terms of which were not disclosed.

The team believes that the 6’ 3”, 323 lb right guard’s athleticism will add to the Lions’ young offensive line. The 23 year-old lettered in four seasons at Duke and helped the Blue Devils to 28 wins, during his time there, and three bowl game appearances.

The Lions expect to position Tomlinson as their left guard.

“It’s a really young offensive line,” said Lions’ offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.”Laken and really all the rookies, I think it’s an exceptional group, the maturity that they have, the way that they prepare, the seriousness with which they take their jobs. It’s just a mature group. Laken’s certainly one of the leaders.”

Tomlinson entered the draft listed as the 23rd best offensive guard by Scout.com and 20th best O-lineman by USA Today. He is a product of Lane Technical High School in Chicago where he earned all-state honours as a senior.

“(Tomlinson) associates well, he’s a smart guy. He appears to be a real good teammate. That’s what we anticipate, that’s what he had been at Duke,” said head coach Jim Caldwell. “I’ve been with him only a few hours, but I do think that he has all of the makings of being exactly what we anticipated and expect him to be.”

The Lions’ top pick in 2015 graduated from Duke with a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a BS in psychology.

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Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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