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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 senior DE Shawn Oakman has been suspended for the season opener against SMU on Friday, according to Jason King.
King adds the length of the current suspension is for one game for a violation of team rules. The edge rusher did travel with Baylor to Dallas to face SMU. Oakman is one of the higher profile players in all of college football, but off-field issues did lead him to Baylor via Penn State. More information should be available after the game. Sophomores Brian Nance or K.J Smith will likely start in his place. Sep 3 - 11:47 PM

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Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman earns the No. 20 spot on NFL Media's top 20 players in college football.

"Oakman gets knocked for not consistently putting forth the sort of effort expected of him. If he is able to impress with his motor this fall, Oakman will be one of the most coveted prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft," NFL media wrote. The 6-foot-9, 280-pound Oakman recorded 11 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in 2014. The Baylor prospect has already been added to the watch lists for the Bednarik, Hendricks, Lombardi and Nagurski awards.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 17 - 4:04 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline calls Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman a "once blocked, stays blocked" type of defender.

"There was a bit of shock two months ago when I tweeted area scouts had stamped Shawn Oakman as a 3rd/4th round pick. After watching the film I understand why. Oakman is physically impressive and makes plays- on occasion. While he can be a dominant force it seems all too often Oakman is a "once blocked, stays blocked" type of defender," Pauline writes. The Baylor Giant produced 11 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles last year for the Bears. After watching film, Pauline compares the Baylor prospect to Jets' Quinton Coples and gives him a second-round grade.
Aug 13 - 3:41 PM

NFL Draft analyst Chad Reuter names Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman his No.2 senior prospect for the 2016 draft.

"At 6-foot-8 and 280 pounds, Oakman certainly stands out wherever he goes. He'll need to show scouts consistent explosiveness, leverage, and motor, in addition to his bullish strength, before he will be labeled a "can't-miss" prospect," Reuter wrote. The Baylor prospect is physically impressive at first glance, but backs that up with freakish athleticism for his size. Oakman finished the 2014 season, with 11 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, leading the Big 12 with 1.54 tackles for loss per game.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 11 - 2:54 PM

Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman "is still inconsistent and somewhat raw, but his power and athleticism make him a nightmare for opposing offenses to attempt to handle," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The scariest thing about Oakman is that he's yet to develop into a consistent playmaker," Brown wrote. "He's [a] freakish athlete and physical terror ... There is no more intimidating player." He pegs Oakman as the No. 12 player in the country. The 6-foot-9, 280-pound terror had 11 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles last year.
Aug 10 - 1:37 AM

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

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