He lines up next to 49ers left tackle Trent Williams.

And he’ll be lined up across from rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw once practices begin.

Left guard Laken Tomlinson is looking forward to taking his game to another level this season in his third year with the 49ers. Williams and Kinlaw can help him get there.

After two years of working alongside All-Decade left tackle Joe Staley, Tomlinson has the luxury of now being teammates with Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.

The 49ers acquired Williams in a trade with Washington in the offseason.

“It has been amazing, just going out there for the walk-throughs we had and going into Phase 2,” Tomlinson said Wednesday in a video call with Bay Area reporters. “It has been awesome. Credit goes to, obviously, (Kyle) Shanahan and (John) Lynch, getting Trent in the building and getting solid guys like that is amazing for our offense.”

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The 49ers might have lost the team MVP when they traded DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts, but Kinlaw is expected to step into the team’s starting lineup. Nick Bosa says Kinlaw (6-foot-5, 319 pounds) is “one of the biggest humans I’ve ever seen in person.”


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Tomlinson figures going up against Kinlaw in practices will be good work for the demands of the regular season.

“Oh, man, he’s just a specimen,” Tomlinson said of Kinlaw, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

“I can’t wait to go against him live in camp. I’m sure a lot of guys are excited to see him go. We’re all excited that he’s here in the building. We’re just trying to get some solid work with each other.”