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Shawn Oakman | Defensive End

Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/7/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 270

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Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman is in need of technique refinement, writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.
"Oakman definitely looks the part from a physical perspective," Davis wrote. "He needs more work in school, though. He flashes, but he's still young in the game having sat out the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He's still getting comfortable playing the position and needs to work on adding more pass-rush moves and refining his technique. He'll have plenty of opportunities to improve as a pass rusher playing in the Big 12." Oakman continues to be one of the draft's most divisive prospects. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Oakman had drawn "mixed reviews" in a poll of scouts. "Looks like he's going to be whoop (expletive) and he just isn't," said one scout. "Looks like a pro but he's got a lot of rawness to his game." Oakman (6-foot-8, 275 pounds) has top 10 potential, with a 6-foot-8, 275-pound frame and supreme athleticism, though some wouldn't pull the trigger until Day 2. Dec 18 - 1:59 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman is "strongly considering entering the 2015 NFL draft," according to Yahoo! Sports.

"Oakman, a redshirt junior, hasn’t made any official declarations about his intentions, but he has begun conducting interviews with agents and other professional service providers," wrote the website's Rand Getlin. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Oakman leads Baylor with 10 sacks. He's also collected 18.5 tackles for loss in 12 games. Oakman is a controversial prospect, but we'd be rather surprised if an organization didn't pull the trigger on his limitless upside at some point in Round 1.
Dec 18 - 12:17 PM

An AFC South scout gave a tepid assessment of Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman to NFL.com.

"He has freakish size, but he's an average athlete and still so raw," the scout said. "He has good strength and violence at the point, but he's an average rusher who wins with length and not speed. I see him as a 4-3 left end who needs a lot of work. I'm not the only scout who feels this way either." Should he declare, Oakman is going to be amongst the draft's most fascinating prospects to monitor throughout the process. Not many players are called a top-10 pick by half, and a mid-rounder by the other half. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Oakman had drawn "mixed reviews" in a poll of scouts. "While players get drafted early on freakish traits and pure projection all the time (see Dion Jordan), the issue for Oakman could be that he doesn't have the desired edge presence and athleticism as a pass rusher," opined NFL.com. "Rush ends are the ones who come off the board the earliest -- not power ends."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 10 - 10:44 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman drew "mixed reviews" in a poll of scouts done by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"Looks like he's going to be whoop (expletive) and he just isn't," said one scout. "Looks like a pro but he's got a lot of rawness to his game." Oakman has top 10 potential, with a 6-foot-8, 275-pound frame and supreme athleticism. Because of his wavering production and on-again, off-again motor, scouts and analysts alike run the gamut of opinions on his value. Oakman is Rotoworld's No. 2 edge rusher behind Randy Gregory.
Dec 9 - 11:14 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman is "a potential star," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He's a freak in terms of his frame (6-8) and athletic ability," Kiper wrote. He's a potential star -- a guy who can push a tackle into the backfield or get by him with quickness. He could land in the upper half of Round 1 if he tests well and if a team believes in his upside." Oakman faces an interesting quandary. While we think he's the No. 2 edge rusher behind Randy Gregory, other analysts see nothing better than a mid-round developmental prospect. The Bears' star will have to ascertain what the NFL thinks. "Oakman is still raw, and there are questions about the position he'll ultimately play," Kiper wrote. "He could drop into Round 2 if he doesn't test well and if enough teams put the 'project' label on him."
Dec 9 - 6:36 PM

Baylor and Michigan State will play on Jan. 1 in the Cotton Bowl.

We like this matchup quite a bit. Both teams present physical defenses and quarterback prospects. Michigan State's defensive backfield will be tested by Baylor's extremely spread offense which isolates coverages into one on one situations. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook will have to handle the pressure created by Baylor's front four.
Dec 8 - 10:25 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang has Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman landing with the New York Giants at No.7 in his latest mock, and believes Oakman's "potential screams top 10 pick."

"GM Jerry Reese has won before gambling on the upside of talented pass rushers. Powerful and shockingly athletic given his massive (6-foot-8, 275 pounds) frame, Oakman's potential screams top 10 pick," Rang wrote. On the contrary, ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Oakman as only the No. 8 DE prospect. Rotoworld is far, far higher on the Bears' prospect. Our own Josh Norris has Oakman listed as the No. 2 edge rusher behind Randy Gregory.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 1 - 3:28 PM

An AFC scout believes Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman should return to school.

Which is not to say that the scout doesn't like Oakman's game; quite the contrary, in fact. "More than looks the part," he said. "Massive man who can rush the passer, play the run and is violent on the field. But still raw and needs consistency. Another year in school would be good for him." ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Oakman as only the No. 8 DE prospect. Rotoworld is far, far higher on the Bears' prospect. Josh Norris has Oakman listed as his No. 2 edge rusher behind Randy Gregory.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 27 - 2:46 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the No. 8 prospect at his position of DE.

The "DE" position does not include Vic Beasley, Alvin Dupree and Leonard Floyd, so Oakman might even be further down the edge rushing list. We are highlighting the ranking because it breaks groupthink, which is frequently a thought provoking exercise. Prospects like Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun and Utah's Nate Orchard are listed ahead of Oakman.
Source: ESPN
Nov 26 - 11:06 AM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman was largely neutralized by Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson on Saturday.

Oakman is generally able to use his athletic ability and sheer power to bull-rush less physically talented offensive linemen. "Besides being ripped, Oakman is also very quick. He has an explosive first step off the ball that also shows up when he closes on ball-carriers, often resulting in violent collisions," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote. Thompson was able to hold Oakman to an unofficial 3.5 tackles, though. The Baylor star was only able to get one hit on OU quarterback Trevor Knight. Incidentally, that was the hit that helped knocked Knight out of the game. While the quiet game against a solid tackle is noteworthy, we don't think it will effect Oakman's potential Top-10 draft status.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 9 - 2:21 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread noted that 10 pro clubs would be on hand to watch the Baylor-Oklahoma match-up this weekend.

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman will have a lot of eyes on him this weekend. Among the teams that will be looking at the 6-foot-9, 280-pound quarterback wrecker are the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Bucs, Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams. In regards to how Oakman might fit with the Falcons, analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that he's not sure if Oakman would fit with what Atlanta wanted to do next year, but that the junior was "a very intriguing athlete." He also said that he didn't think the presence of Falcons' 2014 second-round pick Ra'Shede Hageman would dissuade the team from drafting Oakman.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 7 - 6:23 PM

"[Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman] has been asked this year to do more than he's ever been asked to do," said Baylor safeties coach Brian Norwood.

When asked about Oakman's ceiling for a CBS Sports piece by Dennis Dodd, Baylor defensive coordinator said, "He might be the top one in the whole dang [draft]." He went on to say, "If Clowney can do it...". Oakman's an imposing physical specimen at 6-foot-9, 280 pounds. Original a member of Penn State, Oakman was kicked off the team in 2012. He then transferred to Baylor. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has Oakman listed as his No. 2 edge rusher behind Randy Gregory, writing that "despite a massive frame, Oakman has a ridiculous first step and beats many tackles with it alone. When tackles compensate and get further back, power is added to jolt and drive."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 6 - 6:09 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench wrote that Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman "needs to improve his game before I'm willing to label him a first-rounder."

Muench believes Oakman's height can work against him, as the defensive end isn't able to sink and bend around the edge as effectively as players similarly as athletic. The analyst also believes Oakman could improve in run defense and play consistently harder. "Oakman has first-round natural ability, and it will not surprise me if he goes in the first round when he enters the draft -- whether that's in 2015 or 2016," Muench wrote. "Yet I gave him a second-round grade at this point because his motor is inconsistent, it's too early to tell whether or not teams are comfortable that his off-the-field mistakes are behind him and he's a one-year starter with technique issues." Muench compares Oakman to former second-round picks Calais Campbell and Margus Hunt.
Oct 26 - 8:46 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman "gets blocked a lot more than he should," said an AFC scout.

"Oakman is a tough guy to evaluate. He's a physical freak, but he's not a great player. He gets blocked a lot more than he should," the scout said. The 6-foot-9, 270-pounder has a 4.82 second forty, a 34-inch vertical jump, and won a state title as a high school basketball player (center) in the Philadelphia-area. "He remains raw as a player, but his athleticism gives him a huge upside," noted NFL.com's draft team.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 8 - 6:04 PM

ESPN Insider's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl rank Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the No. 3 fastest-rising draft prospect.

We've been projecting this breakout for more than a year, when Oakman finally became eligible in Waco after getting booted out of Penn State in 2012. Muench and Weidl think Oakman will have to answer for his off-field transgressions during the interview process, but have no doubts about his ability to wow on the gridiron. "He's always had great upside and he's made strides this year," they wrote. "Listed at 6-9 and 280 pounds, he's stout against the run despite his high center of gravity, and he's flashed the ability to get off blocks in time to make plays at the line of scrimmage. He also has the length to post up offensive tackles and walk them back to the quarterback, though we'd like to see him do a better job of getting those long arms in passing lanes."
Sep 30 - 10:24 PM