Tomlinson Selected 28th Overall in NFL Draft

Former Blue Devil offensive linemen becomes the program's sixth first round pick in history

Former Blue Devil offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson was selected with the 28th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

He becomes the highest pick produced by the Duke program in nearly 30 years and becomes the program's sixth first round pick in history. Head coach David Cutcliffe released a state through the school's sports information department applauding his former player.

“We are so proud of Laken, and certainly could not be happier for him and his entire family,” Cutcliffe said. “Laken’s accountability is second to none. Fifty-two consecutive starts at right guard tell a part of the story, and the Lions will find out quickly just how reliable he is both on and off the field. Obviously, Laken has had a great deal of success on the field while playing at the highest level of college football. I truly believe that will translate into a successful professional career.”

Following an extremely successful career in Durham,'s Dave-Te Thomas rated Tomlinson as the second best guard in the draft and the 33rd best prospect overall.

"Tomlinson started in 53 straight games for the Blue Devils at guard," wrote Thomas. "This past season he graded out at nearly 90% and recorded 124 knockdown blocks and 14 touchdown resulting blocks. This kid is athletic, strong, smart and really knows how to use his hands in the trenches. He gets off the ball well and shows toughness and plays scrappy. Tomlinson can drive block and pull and trap in the run game and shows the ability to be a good pass protector on the inside."

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