Auburn is going to have to replace two starting tackles on their offensive line next season. Avery Young and Shon Coleman both announced that they will enter the NFL Draft and will forgo their senior seasons at Auburn.
Avery Young released a statement earlier today.
“After four incredible years at Auburn University, I plan to submit my name for entry in the 2016 NFL Draft. I want to thank the Auburn family including my coaches, school administrators and our amazing fans for supporting me during my time on the plains. We made multiple bowl appearances together, earned an SEC Championship and had an opportunity to play in a national championship game. I’ll miss everything about my college experience, but I’m excited to take this next step in my career and to proudly represent my university in the NFL. No matter where my career takes me from here, one thing will always remain true: I’ll always be an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle.”
Young received his draft grade from the NFL’s Draft Advisory Board and must’ve liked what he saw. His brother Willie Young played six years in the NFL with the Bears and Lions. Young was the starting right tackle for the Tigers for most of the year. At 6’6 300 pounds he is thought to be a late second or third round pick but could slide to the third day depending on how teams evaluate him in the coming months. A team like the Titans might take a shot on him if he falls to the fourth round. It’s thought that Young will be a backup and will have to work his way into the starting lineup in a year or two.
Shon Coleman was 2nd team All-SEC last year and started all but one game at left tackle for Auburn. At 6’6 310 pounds he is thought to be a late first rounder at best but could likely slide to the second round. Coleman announced his decision on Twitter last week.
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!
— Shon Coleman (@TheRealBigShon) January 6, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn will have his hands full trying to rebuild his offensive line with Young and Coleman heading off to the NFL.