|No. 72 Detroit Lions|
|Date of birth:||February 9, 1992|
|Place of birth:||Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||312 lb (142 kg)|
|High school:||Chicago (IL) Lane Tech|
|NFL Draft:||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
|Player stats at PFR|
Tomlinson was born in Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica and moved to Chicago, Illinois in March 2003. 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 pick. He was also a four-time first team All-conference selection. He helped Lane to the 2008 Chicago Public League football championship.
Tomlinson also 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 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.
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- "Cash, Tomlinson Are Walter Camp All-Americans - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- "Tomlinson Honored With McKevlin Award". GoDuke.com. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- Twentyman, Tim (April 30, 2015). "Detroit Lions trade back, draft guard Laken Tomlinson". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 30, 2015.