|Date of birth||July 5, 1958|
|Place of birth||Cleveland, Ohio|
|NFL draft||1980 / Round: 4|
|1980–1982, 1987||Atlanta Falcons|
|1983||Green Bay Packers|
|1984–1986||Los Angeles Rams|
James David Laughlin (born July 5, 1958) is a former American football player. He played college football as a linebacker for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Laughlin was the eighth pick in the fourth round of the 1980 NFL Draft (91st overall) by the Atlanta Falcons.
As a team captain during his senior year of 1979 at Ohio State, Laughlin (along with Mike D'Andrea) had a share in a blocked punt against Michigan, which was returned for what eventually proved to be the winning touchdown by Todd Bell. The play put the Buckeyes on top 18–15, sending the team to the 1980 Rose Bowl. In 1979 Laughlin was the Buckeyes MVP and an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree. He was also a 1979 winner of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholarship, awarded annually to the top 13 players in college football.