Shon Coleman was a 5* defensive tackle recruit who signed with Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers in the 2010 recruiting class the year before the Tigers won the BCS Championship. Then disaster struck.
Shon Coleman was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his signing. He went through treatment for two years before he was cleared to play football again, and even then he redshirted. He finally saw limited action with the Tigers during their 2013 season as an extra man in a type of "jumbo package." In 2014, he reached the goal he had when he signed and got in as a starter at Left Tackle for the Auburn Tigers.
His 2014 season was good, but not great. He struggled at times, especially in the pass rush, against elite talent. In 2015,there was a definite improvement in his game. He probably could have benefitted from one more year in college, but at his age and already holding multiple degrees from Auburn (an undergraduate and Master's degrees), it was time for him to take the next step.
His NFL.com draft projection had him going in the 2nd round initially following the NFL Combine, but his January knee surgery bumped some projections to the 3rd. Six long years after signing to play college football with Auburn, Shon Coleman's dream has come true. Tonight, in Chicago, his named was called with the 76th pick in Round 3 by the Cleveland Browns.
What are the Browns getting in Shon Coleman? A dedicated young man who has looked some of the most serious adversity in the eye and met it head on. An excellent run blocker. A coachable player who is going to work as hard as anyone else to contribute at the highest level.
They're getting an excellent Auburn Man. War Eagle, Shon. Good luck in the NFL.