Laken Tomlinson
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Laken Tomlinson with 49ers in 2017
No. 75 – San Francisco 49ers
Personal information
Born: (1992-02-09) February 9, 1992 (age 28)
Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:312 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school:Lane Tech (Chicago, Illinois)
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2015 2016)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* Second Team All-ACC (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:63
Games started:55
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Laken Tomlinson (born February 9, 1992) is an American football offensive guard for the San Francisco 49ers 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.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Tomlinson was born in Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica and moved to Chicago, Illinois in March 2003.[1][2][3][4] He attended Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, 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.[5]

College career[edit | edit source]

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).[6] He was named the men's ACC Athlete of the Year by winning the Anthony J. McKevlin Award in 2015.[7]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 323 lb33⅝ in10⅛ in 5.33 s 1.89 s 3.11 s 4.86 s 8.17 s 35½ in 8 ft 7 in 25 reps

Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]

Tomlinson was drafted in the first round with the 28th overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft.[8] He was the first Duke player to be selected in the first round of an NFL Draft since Mike Junkin in 1987.

San Francisco 49ers[edit | edit source]

On August 31, 2017, Tomlinson was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.[9] 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.[10] However on June 22, 2018, Tomlinson signed a three-year, $18 million extension with the 49ers with $10 million guaranteed.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Tomlinson takes long road from Jamaica to All-America". Sports Illustrated. December 24, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  2. "Lane Tech stars have NFL's attention at the Senior Bowl". Chicago Sun Times. January 21, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  3. Steve Wiseman (August 2, 2014). "From Devil to doctor". The Herald-Sun. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  4. "Duke Blue Devils' Laken Tomlinson uses football to pursue his dream". December 3, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  5. "IHSA Boys State T&F Championships- Class AAA Boys - Prelims". Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  6. "Cash, Tomlinson Are Walter Camp All-Americans - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  7. "Tomlinson Honored With McKevlin Award". Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. Twentyman, Tim (April 30, 2015). "Detroit Lions trade back, draft guard Laken Tomlinson". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  9. Orr, Conor (August 31, 2017). "Detroit Lions trading OL Laken Tomlinson to Niners".
  10. Alper, Josh (May 2, 2018). "No option for Laken Tomlinson, but 49ers interested in deal".
  11. Sessler, Marc (June 22, 2018). "Niners, Laken Tomlinson agree to $18M extension".

External links[edit | edit source]

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