|No. 78 – New York Jets|
|Born:||February 9, 1992|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||315 lb (143 kg)|
|High school:||Lane Tech (Chicago, Illinois)|
|NFL Draft:||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Laken Tomlinson (born February 9, 1992) is a Jamaican-born American football offensive guard for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Duke. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Tomlinson was born in Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica and moved to Chicago, Illinois in March 2003. He grew up in the Rogers Park neighborhood and attended Lane Technical College Prep High School, where he was a two-sport star in both football and track. He was an All-state selection as a senior by both the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and Chicago Tribune. He was named the team MVP as a senior. He was a two-time All-city selection. He was also a four-time first team All-conference selection. He helped lead his high school team to the 2008 Chicago Public League football championship.
In addition, Tomlinson lettered in track & field at Lane. At the 2009 Chicago Public League T&F Championship, he placed first in the discus (140-06 or 42.9m) and second in the shot put. In the 2009 Illinois 3A State T&F Championship meet, he threw personal-bests of 43.01 meters (141-1) in the discus throw and 14.58 meters (47-7) in the shot put to place 17th and 22nd, respectively, in the preliminary heats.
Tomlinson attended Duke University from 2011 to 2014. He became a starter his freshman season and started 52 games during his collegiate career. As a senior, he was named an All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). He was named the men's ACC Athlete of the Year by winning the Anthony J. McKevlin Award in 2015.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 3+3⁄8 in
|5.33 s||1.89 s||3.11 s||4.87 s||8.17 s||31+1⁄2 in
|8 ft 7 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Tomlinson was drafted in the first round with the 28th overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the first Duke player to be selected in the first round of an NFL Draft since Mike Junkin in 1987.
On August 31, 2017, Tomlinson was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick. After missing the season opener, Tomlinson started the next 15 games at left guard in 2017.
On May 2, 2018, the 49ers declined the fifth-year option on Tomlinson's contract, making him a free agent in 2019. However on June 22, 2018, Tomlinson signed a three-year, $18 million extension with the 49ers with $10 million guaranteed.
On March 17, 2022, Tomlinson signed a three-year contract with the New York Jets.