Cleveland Browns select OT Shon Coleman
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns finally focused on the offensive line in selection Auburn tackle Shon Coleman.
The Cleveland Browns used their second pick of the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft on offensive tackle Shon Coleman of Auburn.
The Browns clearly needed to add some depth at the tackle position after losing right tackle Mitchell Schwartz in free agency.
The 6-foot-5, 307-pound Coleman overcame leukemia to be a starter for the past two seasons at left tackle for the Tigers, earning a second-team All-SEC selection in 2015.
According to his draft profile at NFL.com, Coleman is:
"Very long and gets maximizing disruption from arm length. Above average play strength with powerful upper body. Extremely physical with backpack full of nasty with him. Drive blocker who uproots defenders and creates space. Latches onto defenders with big, strong hands. Gets chippy as run blocker and looks for aggressive finish. Pass sets are generally balanced with decent slide to the edge and ready hands. Has ability to redirect inside against stunts. Very heavy hands. Uses his punch as a measure of force and intimidation. Fires his hands from inside his frame and lands with proper placement. Able to play in space. Relatively smooth climbs to second level and mirrors oncoming traffic looking to engage. Has played on left and right side."
Coleman also received a positive grade from Pro Football Focus:
"It’s always difficult to evaluate offensive linemen in Auburn’s system, but Coleman had an impressive +27.5 overall grade that ranked sixth in the class. He can move linemen at the point of attack and while pass protection is always a projection coming from Auburn he’s shown the necessary skills and only surrendered 10 pressures in all of 2015."
Someone who can play both tackle positions and has a “backpack full of nasty” is not a bad thing to have on the offensive line.
Coleman is recovering from surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament. The injury kept him out of the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, but he is reportedly hoping to be able to participate “in some fashion in minicamp in June,” according to USA Today.
If nothing else he provides depth and should be in the mix during training camp to take over the right tackle position.