Shon Coleman’s hard-fought battles are over and the NFL is finally in sight.
The Auburn offensive tackle was picked up by the Cleveland Browns with the 76th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft in the third round Friday. The highly-rated tackle took a few hits heading into the draft because of offseason knee surgery, but teams continued to like his game film over the past two seasons.
Coleman signed with Auburn in 2010 but as diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the spring. He battled and defeated the disease over the next two years, trained to reshape his body and finally made his debut in 2013.
He entered the season as a potential first-round draft pick, but faced questions about his training and understanding of NFL offenses after playing in Auburn’s uptempo offense.
“He’s as raw as can be, man. He needs snaps, he needs reps,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said at the NFL Combine in February. “He’s a big, long kid with gifted feet, but he’s going to struggle Year 1, I think.”
Mayock called him a “developmental prospect.”
Coleman was also unable to participate in agility drills at the NFL Combine and Auburn’s Pro Day, though he did record 22 repetitions on the bench press.
“I can pick up scheme well,” Coleman said at the NFL Combine. “I come from an offense a lot of people say is a lot simpler than a pro-style offense. I’ve met with some coaches,we sit down and talk, get quizzed up a little bit. I can pick up on a lot of things quickly.”