Even before the Lions selected him with the 80th overall pick in the draft, cornerback Alex Carter had some connections to the team.
Carter started 12 games as a junior and recorded 41 tackles, defended 10 passes, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble.
With their first three moves of the NFL draft, the Detroit Lions backed up their talk about plans to improve their run game.
Tomlinson moved to the U.S. from Jamaica when he was 11, after growing up in a crowded home on the Caribbean island.
Abdullah rushed for 1,611 yards and 19 touchdowns on 264 attempts as a senior.
By adding two new offensive linemen, the Detroit Lions bolstered one area of concern. But there are still some more positions of need.
“The opportunity to get Manny was pretty important for us,” general manager Martin Mayhew said. “We had three opportunities to move back.”
Eventually, Tomlinson wants to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon, but first he will play guard for the Detroit Lions.
The Lions moved from 23rd to 28th and received veteran offensive lineman Manny Ramirez, a 2015 fifth-round pick and a 2016 fifth-round pick.
“One thing that I’ve learned about this process is it’s very unpredictable. You don’t know what’s going to happen, so you’ve got to prepare for everything. We’ll be ready for every alternative.”