Chicago, Ill.--The wait is over for Auburn offensive tackle Shon Coleman and the former Tiger standout was chosen in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns with the 76th overall selection.
A two-year starter for Auburn at left tackle after waiting his turn behind former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson, Coleman was a solid player for the Tigers and will bring a mature approach to the NFL.
“It’s special, man," Coleman said of his selection. "It’s something that I’ve been working toward for a long time. For my family and everybody to see it go down like that, it was awesome.”
Signing with Auburn out of Olive Branch High in Mississippi, the Memphis, Tenn., native was a four-star prospect and was expected to be an early contributor for the Tigers until diagnosed with childhood leukemia. That turned his first three college years into a whirlwind of treatments at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis. Not coincidentally, Coleman watched the draft at St. Jude on Friday night and celebrated his selection there. "Man, it is awesome just to be back here with so many kids. It is awesome what this program is doing."
Shon Coleman was a two-year starter for the Tigers.
“It’s definitely exciting," said Coleman, who noted that he learned a lot about the NFL as he prepared for the draft with auditions and interviews for a variety of different teams. "People might think they pick on us with the questions and everything, but I learn a lot from them scheme-wise just being an NFL player," he said. "It’s exciting and I’m definitely taking it all in.”
Working his way into the rotation behind Robinson in 2013, Coleman earned a starting job at left tackle for the Tigers the following year and never looked back. A team captain for the Tigers, Coleman started 25 games and played in 32 during his three years on the field. Coleman earned his degree in Public Administration in May of 2014.
"I tell you what, it's a great story to have him back and playing at the level he did," ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said. "He was a two-year starter at left tackle where he backed up Greg Robinson in 2013. He did a real good job. He showed upside at 6-5 1/2, 307 pounds. He did a good job of hand placement and excellent footwork. He has the ability to be a starting tackle."