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Shawn Oakman | Defensive End

Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/7/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 270

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Baylor DE Shawn Oakman is the "prototypical boom-or-bust prospect," writes NFL Media's Chad Reuter.
"Oakman's size, physique, and flashes against dominance will entice some defensive line coaches to think they can 'make a player out of him,'" Reuter wrote. "His lack of lower-body strength, inconsistent motor chasing plays and inability to make plays against better competition have some believing he'll be a third- or fourth-round pick instead of the top-10 pick his physical characteristics would warrant." In fact, in a recent four-round mock draft, Reuter had the 6-foot-7.4, 269-pound Oakman falling all the way to the Browns at pick No. 96, the first pick of the fourth round. "If he's picked later in the draft and is willing to put in the work to become better, some team could end up with a steal in the Calais Campbell/Chris Canty/Michael Johnson class," Reuter wrote. Feb 11 - 12:26 PM

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Baylor DE Shawn Oakman logged two sacks during Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl.

Oakman managed to bring down NDSU QB/draft darling Carson Wentz twice in the first half of Saturday's contest. The 6-foot-7.4, 269-pounder needed that kind of day, too, because boy howdy, it wasn't a good week in practice. In recapping the week, CBS Sports' Rob Rang said that Oakman "may have a higher upside in professional wrestling or body building than football" and went on to write that a lack of awareness "negate[s] some of his undeniable power and athleticism." In a recent four-round mock draft, NFL Media's Chad Reuter had Oakman falling to the Browns at pick No. 96, the first pick of the fourth round.
Jan 31 - 5:07 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang savaged Baylor DE Shawn Oakman in his rundown of the Senior Bowl practice week, writing that Oakman "may have a higher upside in professional wrestling or body building than football."

Wrote Rang, "There could be a picture of Oakman in the football dictionary under the old scouting cliche, "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane."" Ouch. He then went on to note that the 6-foot-7.4, 269-pound physical specimen "shows limited awareness and use of leverage, negating some of his undeniable power and athleticism." It's impossible not to be impressed by Oakman's physical tools--and such things have certainly gotten guys drafted higher than their deserved slots in the past--but early negative observations like Rang's don't show well on the former Bear, especially when trying to project him as a contributing piece at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 11:00 PM

Baylor DE Shawn Oakman has been clearing the air about his dismissal from Penn State with NFL scouts and personnel executives at the Senior Bowl.

Former Penn State coach -- and now Houston Texans coach -- Bill O'Brien dismissed Oakman in 2012 after the player reportedly grabbed the wrist of a store clerk. "It made me into the man I am today. That's why people love me. I don't have any bad people around me, all good vibes, and I'm here today so that shows for itself," said Oakman. "Everything can be taken in the blink of an eye. It's a blessing not everybody gets to achieve. From where I'm from, when people get kicked out of school, they go back to the hood. And they don't leave." Oakman measured into the event at 6-foot-7.4, 269 pounds.
Jan 28 - 1:29 PM

Baylor DE Shawn Oakman measured into the Senior Bowl at 6-foot-7.4, 269 pounds.

The height was a bit off from his listed 6-foot-9, though onlookers walked away impressed regardless. "Oakman is every bit as chiseled as you might think, one of the more physically impressive players you'll ever see," wrote Creg Stephenson. Oakman led the Bears with 14.5 tackles for loss and added 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles last year.
Jan 26 - 5:36 PM

Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman accepted an invitation to participate in the Senior Bowl.

Oakman was recently named to the Second team All-Big 12 squad. Evaluators have spent several months shredding him, but a part of that criticism comes from their own failure in having seen in Oakman something he isn't yet and might never be. For all the condemnation, you might have figured Oakman stunk this year. In fact, the 6-foot-8, 276-pound prospect led the Bears with 14.5 tackles for loss and added 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He's not the top-10 prospect some expected him to be, but Oakman would make for a nice roll of the dice on Day 2 if you trust your coaching staff. Rarely will he find himself lining up across from a more gifted opponent in the NFL.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 6 - 9:08 PM

Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman "is going to get overdrafted because teams covet length and natural power," according to NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Just finished my eval on Shawn Oakman. Look, he's not particularly coordinated or a good pass rusher, but he's strong and has traits," Zierlein mentioned in another tweet. The 6-foot-8, 276-pound prospect has freakish athletic traits, but hasn't quite turned that into consistent production for Baylor in 2015. Zierlein added that he doesn't know if he would draft him, but believes Oakman will go in the second round.
Jan 6 - 2:06 PM draft analyst Chase Goodbread noted that Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman's motor and production draw questions from scouts.

Wrote Goodbread, "Although Oakman's physical measurements (6-foot-9, 275 pounds) have NFL scouts excited, Oakman's technique and motor are among the question marks for the Bears' senior pass rusher." If nothing else, this giant human being's season-long numbers are somewhat peculiar. While he's notched a stellar 14.5 tackles for loss, he has just 4.5 sacks. This, after recording 11 as a junior. Goodbread's far from the only one pondering Oakman's enigma, with CBS Sports' draft analyst Dane Brugler writing in mid-November that his traits "don't translate to a dominant football player."
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 09:17:00 PM

An AFC area scout said Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman is being "so overrated by the national media."

"Everybody on the road is beating up (Shawn) Oakman because he's been so overrated by the national media," the scout said (he means the scouting community when saying "on the road"). "I wouldn't take him in the first three rounds, but I'm not convinced that he can't become an NFL player. He's never going to be a great pass rusher, but he's really powerful and that is a trait that coaches can work with and do something with."'s Lance Zierlein confirmed that Oakman's name has been sullied in scouting circles. "Oakman is extremely tall with a shredded upper body, but has unusually thin legs," he wrote. "He's lacking in pass-rush technique and edge-bending ability. This scout is absolutely correct about the power in Oakman's hands at the point of attack, but his technique and consistency aren't great. Oakman will need some work, but he has outstanding length and strength, which are highly coveted traits by 3-4 teams looking for defensive
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 05:21:00 PM

Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman's "traits don't translate to a dominant football player as he continually leaves you wanting more," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Oakman has the power to drive defenders off the ball when he extends and generates push, but he doesn't do this consistently and blockers can too easily neutralize his power with leverage if he's unable to lock out his full extension. Although his long legs will help when chasing, it hurts him in short areas as he struggles to sink and collect himself in small spaces to break down and redirect," Brugler writes. The Baylor prospect has the kind of athleticism and natural talent that scouts take notice of, however, he'll have to turn that into more production to improve his draft stock. Brugler adds that Oakman's "production and skill-set aren't top-32 worthy."
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 01:46:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes "NFL scouts need to see more" from Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman.

"He has long legs, which will help him chase down ballcarriers and run a good time in the 40-yard dash, but it hurts him in small areas like the pocket when he needs to break down and control his lower body. Although he has some snaps when he extends his vines for arms and forcibly moves blockers into the backfield, Oakman has an inconsistent punch and doesn't use his length consistently," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-8, 276-pound prospect has freakish athletic traits, but hasn't quite turned that into consistent production for the Bears this season. His senior slump could cause concern for NFL scouts.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 03:57:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman's "build, a long 6-feet/7.5-inches with skinny lower legs, concerns next level decision makers."

"During the Bears victory over Kansas State when Oakman faced off against Cody Whitehair, an offensive lineman with a second day grade, he collected just three tackles. He was slow getting off blocks and for the most part really did not seem to chase hard or show a lot of hustle," Pauline wrote. The Baylor prospect's stock has taken a hit this season, as his production has not been that impressive. Oakman has only recorded four sacks on the season.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 02:03:00 PM

Twenty NFL teams will attend Thursday's Baylor-Kansas State game.

Visiting The Little Apple this evening: Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins. The main card for scouts? That would be Bears' DE Shawn Oakman against KSU T Cody Whitehair.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 06:25:00 PM

Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman will face Kansas State's Cody Whitehair and Oklahoma's Orlando Brown, Jr. in consecutive weeks after the Bears' bye.

"NFL general managers want to pick Oakman in the top 10 because of his physical stature (6-foot-9, 275 pounds)," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter. "He's made most of his hay this season against lesser competition, however, and was virtually silenced when playing a good talent in Texas Tech left tackle Le'Raven Clark." Oakman is about to get two consecutive cracks at showing he can whip a future NFL offensive lineman. "Showing consistent effort and playmaking ability against better competition will show scouts he's worth an early pick," Reuter wrote. "The Bears need him to step up his game now that quarterback Seth Russell is out for the season with a neck injury."
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 07:33:00 PM

Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman's uneven performance against Texas Tech T Le'Raven Clark has scouts wondering if he can excel consistently against NFL talent.

Oakman had only three tackles in the game, including zero for loss, rather surprising as the Red Raiders passed up a storm and did so with a hobbled quarterback. "Oakman needs to have a strong finish to the year to put good tape in the hands of general managers throughout the league -- it will determine whether he goes in the top 50 or the top 5," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote. Oakman, who was suspended in Week 1, had 5.5 TFL and two sacks against Lamar and Rice.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 05:57:00 PM