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Auburn left tackle Shon Coleman declares for 2016 NFL Draft

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn left tackle Shon Coleman gets his wrist wrapped during a practice leading up to the Birmingham Bowl. (Michael Niziolek | mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com)
Auburn left tackle Shon Coleman gets his wrist wrapped during a practice leading up to the Birmingham Bowl. (Michael Niziolek | mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com)

Auburn left tackle Shon Coleman announced his decision to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft via his Twitter account Wednesday night. University officials confirmed the announcement.

“It was a very hard decision but I've decided to forego my final year and enter the NFL Draft. I'll forever be an Auburn Tiger!” Coleman tweeted.

University officials confirmed Coleman’s decision with Gus Malzahn issuing a statement.

"I want to thank Shon for his many contributions to Auburn and our football program since signing six years ago," Malzahn said. "He has developed into one of the best lineman in the SEC, he is an outstanding role model and is leaving Auburn with two degrees. Shon is a tremendous person whose courage and determination to overcome cancer is a true testament of his character."

"On behalf of the Auburn family, we wish Shon all the best and look forward to following his professional career."

The 6-foot-6, 313-pounder from Memphis, Tennessee anchored Auburn’s offensive line the past two years starting all but one game due to injury. He earned All-SEC second team honors from league coaches this season.

Coleman made his debut for Auburn in 2013 against Arkansas State two years removed from undergoing treatment for leukemia.

After doctors cleared him to return to the field in 2012, he redshirted as he worked his way back into playing shape.

According to NFLdraftscout.com, Coleman is projected as a first or second round pick. He is the site’s sixth ranked offensive tackle behind top prospects Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss), Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) and Jack Conklin (Michigan State).

Coleman graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration last May and received a master’s degree in December.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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