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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 DL Shawn Oakman had a sack in Friday's easy win over Buffalo.
Oakman's play is almost as striking as his green Mohawk. ESPN's coverage team called Oakman "LeBron James in pads," an allusion to the similarities in their frames (Oakman is 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds). We've been enamored by his potential since last summer, when Oakman gained eligibility after transferring to Waco from Penn State. He's highly athletic, but will need to improve the technical aspects of his game, such as hand use. In his first year at Baylor, as a part-timer, Oakman ranked sixth in the Big 12 with 12.5 tackles-for-loss last season. He's headed for plenty more, and then a likely ticket into the first round, whether that is this coming spring, or the one after that. Sep 12 - 11:38 PM

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Baylor redshirt junior DL Shawn Oakman totaled two sacks and another assisted tackle for loss in the school's 45-0 win over SMU.

Oakman has been a longtime favorite of Rotoworld's Josh Norris, and his performance on Sunday showed why. The massive defensive lineman mainly came off the bench last year, but he is a full time starter in 2014. From the first play, Oakman lined up in a three-point stance on the outside of SMU's offensive tackle and went on to play inside as a defensive tackle and stand up on the edge. Oakman's combination of strong hands, length and closing speed is what makes him so disruptive.
Sep 2 - 10:42 AM ranks Baylor redshirt junior DE Shawn Oakman as the No. 2 breakout candidate in the Big 12. isn't the only national platform labeling Oakman as a breakout candidate; Mel Kiper also did so earlier this month. We're down with the enthusiasm, but have a nit to pick with it: Oakman broke out last season, admittedly as a rotational DE. This season he'll move into the starting lineup and become a national star. The 6-foot-9, 270-pounder is a physical monster with surprising athleticism. "Art Briles has heaped high praise on his defensive line, and Oakman figures to be one of the anchors of the line with his talent," notes "He had a big spring and is primed to top his impressive 12.5 tackles for loss as a backup from last year and draw plenty of attention from NFL scouts."
Jun 15 - 2:44 PM

Baylor redshirt junior DE Shawn Oakman ranks as Mel Kiper's No. 5 underclassman at the position.

In fact, Oakman is tied at No. 5 with three other prospects. Other than citing Oakman's 2013 stats, which include 12.5 tackles for loss, Kiper only notes the defensive end is a breakout candidate. We think the powerful and long edge rusher broke out last season. Oakman has the makings of a first-round pick.
Source: ESPN
Jun 9 - 1:12 PM

CBS Sports Dane Brugler believes Baylor redshirt junior DE Shawn Oakman "projects best as a five-technique in a 3-4 scheme" at the next level.

The Baylor prospect was a Penn State transfer,who had off-field issues and poor grades which led to his dismissal from Penn State. In his first year at Baylor under a part-time role for the Bears, Oakman was sixth in the Big 12 with 12.5 tackles-for-loss last season. Brugler notes that "leverage" could be an issue due to Oakman's height at (6-foot-9,270 pounds). However, Brugler mentions that Oakman "plays much lighter than he looks with burst off the ball" when getting to the quarterback. The freakish athlete also has the ability to drop in coverage and play in space. With Oakman's size and skill-set, he could give evaluators a lot to talk about with a productive year in 2014.
May 30 - 6:27 PM

Baylor redshirt sophomore DE Shawn Oakman ranks No. 37 on ESPN's Travis Haney's list of college football's Top 50 breakout players.

Oakman, a Penn State defector, redshirted his first year in Happy Valley and then transferred to Baylor prior to last season. "The thing I love about Shawn is that he's very passionate," Bears defensive coordinator Phil Bennett told the Waco Tribune-Herald. "He's violent and plays very physical." Another thing Bennett probably loves is Oakman's ridiculous size (6-foot-9, 270 pounds). Oakman will rotate with seniors Terrance Lloyd and Chris McAllister this season.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 02:03:00 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken noted Baylor coaches are high on redshirt sophomore DE Shawn Oakman, a Penn State transfer.

Oakman redshirted his first year at Penn State then transferred to Baylor prior to last season. Because he transferred prior to when the NCAA's regulations were handed down, Oakman was then forced to sit out another season. Now the massive defensive end (6'9/270) has three years of eligibility left, so hopefully he can make an immediate impact this season.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 09:30:00 AM