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2015 NFL Draft grades: Grade the Lions' Laken Tomlinson pick

What grade should the Detroit Lions get for their pick of Laken Tomlinson in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft?

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The Detroit Lions went into Thursday night with basically no left guards on their roster. Now, after acquiring Manny Ramirez in a trade and drafting Duke's Laken Tomlinson, the Lions suddenly have a new starter and some pretty good interior depth as well.

Although most viewed Tomlinson as a likely second-round pick, the Lions liked him enough to spend the 28th overall selection on him. In doing so, the Lions added a player very similar to Larry Warford. Tomlinson was a four-year starter at right guard at Duke, and now he will presumably step into the Lions' starting lineup at left guard.

Even after trading down five spots, the Lions still had an opportunity to take Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown, but they decided to upgrade the offensive line instead. Considering how many issues they had on the O-line last year, the move certainly makes a lot of sense, although the Lions still need to add some extra depth at defensive tackle in the coming days.

What do you think of the Tomlinson pick?

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