Mike Tomlin’s Pro Day scouting is done but he was on a college campus Saturday afternoon. Not to look for the next great talent in the 2023 NFL Draft but to watch his son Dino take part in Boston College’s spring game. And soon enough, to see his son find the end zone.
The Boston College telecast caught Tomlin in the crowd watching on during the game.
And here’s the moment his son found the end zone off his slot fade towards the back left pylon, the camera briefly catching dad’s reaction.
A nice little celebration, too, though Dad Tomlin had a mixed reaction.
Dino Tomlin is heading into his redshirt senior season, meaning he’s likely to be part of the 2024 NFL class. After being highly recruited and landing on Maryland, he transferred to Boston after three seasons with the Terps. There, his playing time was limited, catching just three passes in as many years.
Despite a new team, he made a bigger impact at Boston College last season, finishing the year with ten receptions for 181 yards, including a 32-yard grab against Clemson. Far from stellar numbers but some level of production that should increase as he enters 2023. The Eagles will be looking to replace Zay Flowers, a potential first round pick, and a guy like Tomlin should see a serious role in their offense this season.
A month ago, the Boston College-focused outlet for 247 Sports had this to say about Dino’s 2023 outlook.
“In Williams’ absence last year, Dino Tomlin filled in admirably. Tomlin is not the most dynamic athlete or the biggest receiver by any means. But he has good hands, makes contested catches, and is generally just a gritty player. Almost like he’s the son of a coach or something. Tomlin has more concrete inside/outside versatility than Williams as well. Plus, he’s a very willing blocker. Given his reliability, it’s very possible that Tomlin becomes the team’s #3 receiver, allowing them to run the ball better out of 11 personnel and use him to make tough catches on RPOs over the middle.”
If he has a big year, it’ll put him on the map for 2024. And inevitably, there will be plenty of discussion as to whether or not Mike Tomlin and the Steelers will make a run at him. That’s all still a year away and Dino’s potential draft stock right now is more of an afterthought. To start, he needs to register consistent playing time and make an impact on Saturdays before thinking about Sundays. But Pittsburgh loves their bloodlines and for Dino Tomlin, they don’t come any more obvious than his.