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.
When your backup plan is either a guy who ran out of the back of the end zone or an undrafted free agent, you’d better do whatever it takes to keep Matt Stafford healthy.
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.
Here’s a look at some of the most memorable moments from the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Detroit Lions have drafted guard Laken Tomlinson of Duke in the first round Thursday night after trading down from the No. 23 pick to No. 28 in a deal with Denver.
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.”