Auburn OL Shon Coleman to announce NFL Draft pick

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

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Auburn offensive tackle Shon Coleman will announce a pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday night, thanks to a partnership between the NFL and St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Coleman was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia after signing with Auburn in 2010 as a highly-touted prospect from Olive Branch, Miss.. After sitting out 2010 and 2011 going through chemo treatments and recovery at St. Jude Children's Hospital, Coleman redshirted in 2012 and saw limited playing time in 2013.

Now a redshirt sophomore, with a recently-earned degree in hand, Coleman looks to fill the left tackle position occupied by Greg Robinson, a possible Top 5 pick, on Auburn's offensive line.

Last month, Coleman discussed his role as a cancer survivor with's Jeremy Fowler, discussing his recovery and the support from fans everywhere.

He's touched by the direct messages, but he also gets love on his Facebook wall with uplifting comments such as "proud of you for many reasons -- cancer survivor and SEC Champs" or "an inspiration to many" or "my heart is so glad every time you take the field." Letters of support filter into the Auburn football offices but Facebook is the easiest way for Coleman to respond.

"I get messages from parents or their little girl or boy going through something and they'll reach out," said Coleman, an Auburn left tackle who will take the field Saturday for A-Day, the Tigers' spring practice finale in Jordan-Hare Stadium. "Just telling me they've been praying for me, supporting me and I'll respond with things I'm praying for for them."

According to the NFL, Coleman and his mother, DeKeishia Tunstall, will join Roger Goodell on stage to announce the selection.

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