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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 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. Nov 9 - 2:21 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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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

NFL media's Albert Breer spoke with one NFC scout who believes Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman will be a first-round pick.

"He's big and strong and relentless," the scout said. "He's got a great motor, too." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been all over Oakman since last October when he was just a role player. The former basketball recruit has a tremendous get off and is unafraid of contact to convert speed to power. 2014 is his only year as a full-time starter.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 27 - 9:32 AM

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

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

NFL.com ranks Baylor redshirt junior DE Shawn Oakman as the No. 2 breakout candidate in the Big 12.

NFL.com 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 NFL.com. "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."
Source: NFL.com
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