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Lions notes: Laken Tomlinson, Alex Carter, more

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Lions notes looks at various tidbits on Laken Tomlinson, Alex Carter and much more.

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  • The Detroit Lions haven't officially handed out numbers for their entire 2015 draft class just yet, but we already know that second-round pick Ameer Abdullah is taking No. 21, which is Reggie Bush's old number. Also, Manny Ramirez will once again be No. 63, and first-round pick Laken Tomlinson is attempting to wear No. 77.
  • Tomlinson's goals in life go far beyond football. For more on Tomlinson's background off the field, check out this great article from the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.

  • Tomlinson is only the third first-round pick in Duke's history, and he's the first since 1987.

  • Hmm...
  • Michigan native and Duke graduate Shane Battier was quite pleased with the Lions' first-round pick.
  • Tomlinson has never actually attended an NFL game before.

  • The Lions' official site has behind-the-scenes photos from the team's draft room and Tomlinson's first day in town.

  • Here are five interesting tweets about third-round pick Alex Carter:
  • The Lions didn't draft a wide receiver this year, marking the first time that has happened since 2006.

  • Manny Ramirez, who was traded to the Lions on Thursday, has a cap hit of $3 million for 2015, but only $1.4 million of that is his base salary. The other $1.6 million comes from incentives that are based on being a starter. (via Justin Rogers)

  • Why were the Lions able to make that trade in the first round that saw them move down five spots and get Ramirez from the Denver Broncos? It turns out the Broncos thought quite highly of Missouri defensive end Shane Ray.
  • Finally, thank you for making this Pride Of Detroit's most successful draft ever. We had more than 600,000 pageviews last week alone, and people from 134 different countries stopped by the site at some point during the draft. Again, thank you for reading!