The San Francisco 49ers will acquire offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson in a trade with the Detroit Lions, according to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. In return, the Lions will receive a fifth-round NFL Draft pick in 2019.
Tomlinson, who played his collegiate football at Duke University, was originally selected by the Lions in the first round (28th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in all 16 regular-season games at left guard during his rookie campaign while making 14 starts. However, Tomlinson fell out of favor in Detroit, and by his second year, he had only 10 starts, which came at both left guard and left tackle.
The 25-year-old was part of a poor Lions offensive line overall last season. Detroit ranked just 30th in rushing yards in 2016-17 and allowed 37 sacks, good for 11th-worst in the NFL.
Success has been hard to come by for the Lions in general over the last couple of decades.
Detroit has not won a playoff game since the 1991-92 campaign and missed the postseason for 11 straight years between 2000-01 and 2010-11. Things have been a bit less bleak lately, as the Lions have qualified for the playoffs in three of the last six years, but they have still not won a division title in that span and have lost in the first round in each of those three postseason appearances. Detroit won nine games last season and fell to the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. The Lions actually made the postseason last year in spite of posting a -12 point differential.
The Lions will conclude its preseason when Detroit takes on the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the 49ers, who are in desperate need of help across the board, added a young offensive lineman who still has some potential. San Francisco will also finish off its preseason on Thursday when the team battles the Los Angeles Chargers.