AUBURN, Ala. — After being limited at the NFL Combine in February, Shon Coleman was once again unable to participate in physical activities during Auburn’s Pro Day on Monday.
The junior offensive tackle was forced to watch several of his teammates perform in front of 31 NFL teams and 55 scouts from the sidelines as he continues to nurse a slight tear in his MCL.
Coleman was only able to take part in the bench press in Indianapolis.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” Coleman said following workouts. “Being at the (NFL) combine, I truly feel like I’m the most athletic lineman there. Me not being able to showcase that – it’s kind of painful. But at the same time, I’m in the rehab process trying to get everything better than before I got hurt.”
Coleman suffered a right knee injury against Georgia on Nov. 14. He would sit out the following game against Idaho before appearing against Alabama and Memphis to close out the season. Initially, Coleman was told the injury was a sprain, but further tests indicated otherwise.
“Finally got an MRI when I got to Phoenix,” Coleman said. “It showed that I had a slight tear in my MCL in my right knee.”
Coleman anticipates he’ll be fully able to participate during NFL minicamps in May. Sixteen teams conducted interviews with the former two-year starter last month, including the New York Jets, Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots.
“It went well,” Coleman said of the interviews. “It was exciting meeting with big-time organizations like that.”
The 6-foot-6, 313-pound lineman was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2015 and earned an invite to the Senior Bowl. Despite having been the program’s starting left tackle for only two seasons, coach Gus Malzahn believes Coleman is just reaching his potential.
“I think Shon’s upside is out the roof,” Malzahn said. “You’re talking about a guy that really only played two years of SEC football and you see how much he improved from the first year to the second year. He’s one of those physical presence guys.”