With the No. 76 pick in the Cleveland Browns selected OT Shon Coleman of Auburn., the
The Browns decided to let center Alex Mack and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz walk in free agency this offseason. Besides adding a low-key lineman in Alvin Bailey this offseason, they didn't address either position in free agency. Cameron Erving, the team's first-round pick from a year ago, will be given a shot at center in all likelihood. The bigger void was at right tackle, where nobody realistically expected the starting competition to be between Bailey and Michael Bowie. I'd say that Coleman is already the early favorite to start there.
Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports' Dane Bruglar, who projected Coleman to be a 2nd-3rd round pick:
A two-year starting left tackle in Auburn’s spread scheme, Coleman arrived at Auburn in 2010 as a top recruit with a chance to earn a starting job as a true freshman. But his life drastically changed that spring when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and spent the next two seasons focused on beating the disease – required 30 months of chemo treatments. After declared cancer free, Coleman redshirted in 2012 as he worked to get back into football shape and spent the 2013 season as the back-up to future first round pick Greg Robinson. With Robinson off to the NFL, Coleman took over the left tackle job in 2014 and started 25 games the last two seasons, steadily progressing into one of the SEC’s top blockers. He is a balanced big man with long arms and strong hands, but after spending three years away from the game, Coleman is still raw in several areas, bending too much at the waist and not properly using angles. Coleman has NFL starting potential if given time to develop, but the medical evaluations will be the deciding factor on his draft projection.
What do you think, Browns fans?