Auburn cancer survivor Shon Coleman to announce pick at NFL draft

Sam Cooper
Auburn's Coleman battling for job, not survival
In this March 29, 2014 photo, Auburn offensive lineman Shon Coleman talks to the media after an NCAA college spring football practice at the Auburn Athletic Complex in Auburn, Ala. Coleman is battling to replace Greg Robinson as the starting left tackle a few years after overcoming a much tougher fight against cancer. (AP Photo/, Julie Bennett)

Auburn offensive lineman Shon Coleman will make the trip to New York City for the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday where he will get to announce a first-round pick, according to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Coleman, a sophomore left tackle, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, just a few weeks after the five-star recruit signed his letter of intent with the Tigers. After undergoing treatment, the cancer went into remission in April 2010, but it took time for Coleman to get back on his feet.

After re-enrolling in undergraduate courses, he made his way back to the practice field in April 2012 and finally made his debut on the field in mop-up duty against Arkansas State last September.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Coleman, who just graduated with a degree in public administration, has three years of eligibility remaining and is competing with junior Patrick Miller to take over the starting role from projected first-rounder Greg Robinson at left tackle for Gus Malzahn’s Tigers. 

The 22-year-old will begin graduate courses next semester.

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