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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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The Big 12 will limit schools to two days of football contact each week, including game days.
Contact is defined by live tackling to ground and/or full-speed blocking. This is another transition and step towards player safety. Two-a-day contact practices are very much in the past. Jul 20 - 11:01 AM

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ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the top senior DE in the country.

"While the raw ability is ahead of the refinement and technique with Oakman's game, don't pretend the production hasn't been there," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-9, 280-pound terror had 11 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles last year. "His frame is truly incredible, in that he's both long and powerful, and if he can continue to improve his leverage and counter a little better when he gets blocked initially, he's going to have star potential going into the 2016 draft," Kiper wrote.
Jul 19 - 6:26 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein advises that it "isn't fair" that you will "hear the term 'overrated' lobbed at [Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman] more than you might expect this year, and that is because his play doesn't currently match his outrageous physique."

"Oakman is very raw as a pass rusher. He doesn't use his hands properly and doesn't have edge speed or even a go-to pass rush move," Zierlein wrote. "However, he does have incredible length and the type of natural power that allows him to generate a bull rush on most snaps. If he learns to use those hands, he will show immense improvement." The analyst ranks Oakman as the No. 3 edge rusher in the country. The 6-foot-9, 280-pound prospect has been compared to Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 7 - 10:40 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman has too many lackluster plays on tape.

Weidl does begin by stressing Oakman's physical appearance but adding consistency is an issue. It is definitely a piece of Oakman's evaluation that will be debated for the next year, but there is a feeling we pile on defensive linemen with "motor" issues too often. Good NFL teams attempt to keep a solid rotation up front.
Jun 29 - 12:28 PM

Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman received day two grades from spring scouts, according to Tony Pauline.

By spring scouts we mean scouting services, who recently concluded their spring meetings. Many teams subscribe to one of these two services for a variety of reasons. One, it produces a watch list for team area scouts, allowing them to focus on potentially draftable (or signable) talent, rather than focus on "reject" grades. Second, it is good training for younger scouts who then can be promoted to area scouts. We would not lock in on these grades as a projection as they tend to be inaccurate in nine months.
Jun 16 - 10:23 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter notes that "scouts will be looking for consistent explosiveness, leverage, and motor" from Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman.

"It was a bit of a surprise when the massive lineman decided to return to school for the 2015 season, as he likely would have been a first-round pick," Reuter wrote. "But the Penn State transfer wants to be picked at the very top of the draft, and apparently loves being a Baylor Bear." If Oakman intends to be a top-five selection, he's got work to do. His breakthrough last season turned him into a first-rounder, but to get to the top of the stanza he's going to have to polish off his technique and stop taking plays off. With his stupid combination of size, strength and athleticism, there's absolutely no excuse for not dominating games for stretches at a time. That he disappears at times is fairly viewed as wavering desire. Athletes without otherworldly drive rarely go in the top five, where the stakes are simply too high to miss.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 11 - 9:33 PM

Last season, Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman was "a dominant force because of his athleticism and physicality," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Brown ranks Oakman as the second-best defensive end in the nation. "He returned for his senior season to continue to develop a more complete game, as he's still somewhat raw, technically speaking, and has work to do in the run game," Brown wrote. "With that said, he's No. 2 here for a reason. He's a 6-foot-9, 280-pound terror who had 11 sacks, 19 ½ tackles for loss and three forced fumbles last year, increasing his workload and becoming a dominant force because of his athleticism and physicality." The 6-foot-9, 275-pound prospect has been compared to Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals.
Jun 10 - 8:12 PM

NFL Media compares Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman to Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals.

"Oakman is quickly putting himself in a class by himself from an athleticism standpoint," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "But there's really no NFL defensive lineman other than Campbell (6-8, 300) who resembles the 6-9, 280-pound Baylor star in terms of physical stature." Campbell was merely a second-round pick -- in hindsight, of course, a steal -- while Oakman is a surefire first-rounder who will go in the top 10 if he has a huge season. Oakman has players like Campbell to thank for his stock being higher than his production would dictate to this point.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 2:26 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread believes Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman "can overwhelm offensive tackles purely with physical traits and less with technique."

"There remains a sense among Big 12 insiders that he's still not fully tapped his vast potential. That might have something to do with the fact that he can overwhelm offensive tackles purely with physical traits and less with technique," Goodbread wrote. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound prospect has a NFL-ready-frame and shows a ton of athleticism for a prospect his size. In 2014, the Baylor prospect lead the Big 12 with 1.54 tackles for loss per game.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 3:40 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman's "development as a senior in 2015 will ultimately determine whether he's a top pick or not."

"A freakish specimen on the hoof, Oakman physically has the look of a future high draft pick, but his development as a senior in 2015 will ultimately determine whether he's a top pick or not," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound prospect usually gets noted for his physique for first, however, Oakman will have to impress with his technique moving forward, to show evaluators he's able to put it all together. The Baylor prospect recorded 19.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks for the Bears last season.
Source: CBS Sports
May 18 - 2:21 PM

Scout.com's Jamie Newberg grades Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the No. 14 prospect in the nation.

"Oakman is a monster with incredible size at 6-foot-8," wrote Newberg. "He literally has enormous talent, as Oakman is long, quick and strong at right defensive end." The 275-pound Oakman, a Penn State transfer, recorded 48 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks last season. CBS Sports' Rob Rang grades him as the best senior prospect in the nation.
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 5:08 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the No. 22 prospect on his first Big Board of 2016.

"A shredded athlete with big-time length at nearly 6-8, Oakman has great quickness and in some ways the look of an NBA small forward who packed on 40 pounds of muscle," he wrote. "He can win with quickness but has good strength and can use it when he doesn't let blockers use his height against him and dislodge him by getting into his body and taking away all his leverage. If he continues to build on 2014, he could have a monster season." The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Oakman, a Penn State transfer, had 19.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks last season. CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls him the best senior prospect in the nation.
May 16 - 4:52 PM

Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman went No. 29 to the Dolphins in Josh Norris' first 2016 mock draft.

"As much as I like Oakman, I would love for him to put his ability on display more frequently," he wrote. "Do not expect him to bend and turn the corner. Instead, look for ridiculous speed to power." ESPN's Todd McShay shipped Oakman to the Bills at No. 16 in his own mock draft. "This is a pick based on potential, not production," he wrote. "We were underwhelmed by Oakman's performance on tape this past season, but he is very physically gifted (he's listed at 6-9, 280) and could rise up draft boards this year if he plays with more urgency and consistency." Opinions vacillate wildly on the talented but enigmatic Oakman. CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls him the best senior prospect in the nation.
May 12 - 9:48 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang pegs Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the best senior prospect in the nation.

"[Oakman] likely would have been a top-10 pick in 2015," Rang wrote. "His goal? To be the No. 1 overall pick in 2016." The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Oakman, a Penn State transfer, had 19.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks last season. "Looks like he's going to be whoop (expletive) and he just isn't," one scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "Looks like a pro but he's got a lot of rawness to his game."
Source: CBS Sports
May 8 - 10:33 PM

NFL.com's Draft analyst Chad Reuter believes "scouts will be looking for consistent explosiveness, leverage, and motor" from Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman in 2015.

"Lofty expectations are sometimes difficult to live up to, however; scouts will be looking for consistent explosiveness, leverage, and motor from Oakman, in addition to his bullish strength, before labeling him a "can't-miss" prospect worthy of a top-five pick," Reuter wrote. If the 6-foot-8, 275-pound Oakman can put it all together, teams will be lining up to add a player with his type of frame and ridiculous skill-set.
Source: NFL.com
May 4 - 4:03 PM