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Shawn Oakman | Defensive End

Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/7/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 287

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Baylor HC Art Briles says no NFL teams have called about edge rusher Shawn Oakman.
Such is the life of a radioactive prospect. Oakman's pariah status was well-earned. First, he converted top-five NFL Draft physical ability into a mediocre collegiate career through a lackadaisical compete-when-I-want-to attitude. Next, his do-me disposition got him kicked off Penn State and then arrested on a sexual assault charge weeks before the Draft. It's been a swift, cinematic fall off the map for a person who must have been repeatedly told over the years that getting his act together would net millions of dollars in the very near future. A scintillating dream of unrealized potential in his teenaged and early-20 years, Oakman is now, just out of college, a fully actualized failure. Wed, May 4, 2016 02:19:00 PM

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An NFC executive told NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein that Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman is "undraftable now."

That sounds about right. Oakman was viewed as a potential mid-round selection during the season. He underwhelmed on the field and during his athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine. Analysts raked him over the coals for that in early March, but it was his arrest on a sexual assault charge last week that in all probability will drive the stake through his draft hopes.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 05:49:00 PM

Baylor edge rusher Shaw Oakman was arrested on a sexual assault charge.

Early Sunday morning, Oakman allegedly forced a female Baylor student onto his bed, removed her clothes and sexually assaulted her. Oakman said the act was consensual. It's been quite a fall from grace for Oakman. Once a no-doubt first-round prospect, he fell into late Day 2 or even early Day 3 territory after a ho-hum senior year. An arrest of this magnitude this close to the draft in conjunction with his past issues at Penn State and his recent lethargic play on the field in all likelihood will knock him out of the draft altogether. What a waste.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016 05:33:00 PM

Baylor edge rusher Shaw Oakman is under investigation by Waco, Texas police for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on April 3.

Oakman has not been arrested or charged and admitted to having consensual sex with the woman. The police requested a search warrant to gather evidence in the form of the woman's clothes she left at Oakman's residence. Baylor's program has been questioned in the past for how the school has handled sexual assault allegations, including former player Sam Ukwuachu. Expect more information to be revealed after police have concluded their investigation.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 08:37:00 AM

Baylor HC Art Briles is emphatic that Baylor DE Shawn Oakman will be a draft steal.

"He's a different cat. I wouldn't want to categorize him," Briles said. " ... Shawn has done an unbelievable job of staying very humble. He is a tremendous athlete with a tremendous frame. Whoever gets him, they're getting a steal in the draft, I can promise you that." The 6-foot-8, 287-pound Oakman posted 46.5 tackles for loss in three seasons at Baylor, but his technique leaves much to be desired and he can disappear from games at times. Oakman made a bid to improve his stock on Wednesday at Baylor's pro day in front of an audience that included Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 01:02:00 PM

Rivals analysts Adam Gorney and Mike Farrell noted that Baylor DE Shawn Oakman's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine "didn't blow anybody away."

If nothing else, it was expected that Oakman would put on a physical show in his Indianapolis workouts. That didn't happen. It didn't even almost happen. The 6-foot-8, 287-pounder ran underwater in the 40-yard dash, recording a time of 4.96 seconds--about the speed of a fast offensive lineman (such things do exist). Even more distressingly for somebody of his physical stature, he managed only 23 reps in the weight room. That's just three more than Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard. Oakman looks more and more like a Day 3 pick at this point.
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 01:16:00 PM

National Football Scouting Inc. president Jeff Foster said, "Our first focus is to look at what we do currently [at the NFL Scouting Combine] and making sure that that’s relevant."

"And if it is, great, we’ll continue to do it, because historical comparison is really important to the evaluation process," Foster said, "But if we believe that there’s something that’s not relevant, then what can we replace it with that will help us evaluate the players?" One notable name's come out deriding the annual event, with Patriots HC Bill Belichick calling it a "huge mistake" for prospects to be focusing their energy on training for combine events rather than focusing on actual football-applicable activities.
Source: USA Today
Sun, Feb 21, 2016 03:02:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein noted that "[s]couts have confided that [Baylor DE Shawn] Oakman's interviews were "a mess" last month at the Reese's Senior Bowl."

Oakman's been run over the coals in the early portion of the draft process, with CBS Sports' Rob Rang suggesting after the Senior Bowl practice week that the 6-foot-8, 270-pounder "looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane," while's Chad Reuter called him a "prototypical boom-or-bust prospect." Now comes word that Oakman's interviews were also a letdown. He'll have another crack at the hot seat during the NFL Scouting Combine, but at the very least, should test well on the front of physical measurables.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 09:14:00 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread thinks that Baylor DE Shawn Oakman "should consider the combine his personal showcase."

"After all, [Oakman's] reputation as a freakish athlete comes more from his weight-room exploits than his play on the field," Goodbread writes. That's all well and good (except on the football field), but the 6-foot-8, 270-pounder's journey through the draft process has been a rocky one. He thoroughly underwhelmed during the Senior Bowl practice week and CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang subsequently shredded Oakman, writing that he "may have a higher upside in professional wrestling or body building than football." Should the former Bear put forward expected measurables at the combine, it's important to remember that serious questions about his play are going to persist, regardless of how impressive his ability to lift heavy things may be.
Sun, Feb 14, 2016 07:49:00 PM

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.
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 12:26:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jan 31, 2016 05:07:00 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
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 11:00:00 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.
Thu, Jan 28, 2016 01:29:00 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.
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 05:36:00 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
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 09:08:00 PM