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Auburn's Shon Coleman Declares for the NFL Draft

Shon Coleman, a two-year starter for the Tigers, announced he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Auburn, Ala.-- Shon Coleman, who overcame leukemia to play in 32 games at Auburn with 25 starts, has decided to enter the 2015 National Football League Draft.

The six-foot-six, 313-pound redshirt junior from Memphis, Tenn., played his final college game vs. his hometown team, the Memphis Tigers, as Auburn defeated that opponent 31-10 in the Birmingham Bowl.

Coleman, who was a U.S. Army All-American at Olive Branch, Miss., High School, said, “It was a very hard decision, but I?have decided to forego my senior year and enter the NFL?Draft. I will forever be an Auburn Tiger!”

He was diagnosed with the cancer after signing with Auburn in February of 2010. After going through a new treatment for his particular form of the disease at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, he was cleared to return to the football field in April 2012 in a limited capacity.

Photography: Wade Rackley

Shon Coleman visits with a patient at Children's Hospital in Birmingham prior to Auburn's 2015 bowl game.

The NCAA reset his eligibility clock and he redshirted in 2012 while regaining his strength and conditioning for football. In 2013 he played as a backup to current NFL player Greg Robinson and saw action as a backup left tackle and tight end for the SEC champion Tigers.

Coleman started every game for the Tigers the past two seasons at left tackle.

Also on Wednesday, defensive lineman Carl Lawson announced that he will return for the 2016 season. He will be a redshirt junior.

Two other Auburn players with eligibility who are considering the draft are defensive tackle Montravius Adams, who was a junior this past season, and starting right offensive tackle Avery Young, who was a redshirt junior in 2015.

Coleman got an up close look at the NFL draft process in 2014 when he was invited to New York City to announce a draft pick for the St. Louis Rams while representing St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In December the offensive tackle finished worked on his master's degree. The previous December he received his undergraduate degree from Auburn.

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