Offensive tackle Shon Coleman is one of the better stories in the draft. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, Coleman returned two years later to Auburn's spring practice. He redshirted in 2012, and played in 2013, '14 and '15. "Now, I don’t take life for granted," Coleman said at the NFL combine. "It can get taken away from you as quick as that."
It would be tough to find a more heartwarming story in this draft, one that got even better after the Cleveland Browns selected Coleman with their second pick in the third round on Friday night.
My take: The Browns needed a tackle in light of the departure of Mitchell Schwartz, and they chose Coleman, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 313 pounds. Coleman is one of the draft's better stories, but he left Auburn with a year of eligibility remaining and now must prove himself in the NFL. He played left tackle at Auburn, but has experience on the right side. He probably figures to compete on the right side with the Browns.
Coming off an injury: Coleman missed the Senior Bowl and did not work out at the combine and Auburn's pro day because of an MCL tear in his knee that required surgery after the season. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery to repair the tear, which was done surgically as opposed to arthroscopically.
What a story: Coleman's story is fairly well known. Diagnosed with leukemia in the spring of 2010, Coleman went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 30 months of treatment. He returned for Auburn's spring practice in 2012, then backed up Greg Robinson in 2013. He started at left tackle his final two seasons, and was second-team All-SEC in 2015.
What's next: The Browns have the 93rd pick in the third round.