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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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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. May 23 - 2:26 PM
Source: NFL.com

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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

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman will return to Baylor for the 2015 season.

We are shocked. Oakman has two seasons under his belt of on-field FBS action and was only a full-time starter this season, but many expected him to declare. The Oakmonster is chiseled from stone and put together some tremendous flashes from his left defensive end spot thanks to his combination of burst and power. His motor has been criticized by many, which is common among college defensive linemen thanks to a lack of rotation at that level of football. Oakman likely would have displayed tremendous athleticism at the Combine. Baylor fans should be thrilled about the decision. It also distances Oakman from his off-field issue that led to his transfer from Penn State. The edge rushing class is still tremendously deep for the 2015 draft.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 09:45:00 AM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman is in need of technique refinement, writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

"Oakman definitely looks the part from a physical perspective," Davis wrote. "He needs more work in school, though. He flashes, but he's still young in the game having sat out the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He's still getting comfortable playing the position and needs to work on adding more pass-rush moves and refining his technique. He'll have plenty of opportunities to improve as a pass rusher playing in the Big 12." Oakman continues to be one of the draft's most divisive prospects. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Oakman had drawn "mixed reviews" in a poll of scouts. "Looks like he's going to be whoop (expletive) and he just isn't," said one scout. "Looks like a pro but he's got a lot of rawness to his game." Oakman (6-foot-8, 275 pounds) has top 10 potential, with a 6-foot-8, 275-pound frame and supreme athleticism, though some wouldn't pull the trigger until Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 01:59:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman is "strongly considering entering the 2015 NFL draft," according to Yahoo! Sports.

"Oakman, a redshirt junior, hasn’t made any official declarations about his intentions, but he has begun conducting interviews with agents and other professional service providers," wrote the website's Rand Getlin. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Oakman leads Baylor with 10 sacks. He's also collected 18.5 tackles for loss in 12 games. Oakman is a controversial prospect, but we'd be rather surprised if an organization didn't pull the trigger on his limitless upside at some point in Round 1.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 12:17:00 PM

An AFC South scout gave a tepid assessment of Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman to NFL.com.

"He has freakish size, but he's an average athlete and still so raw," the scout said. "He has good strength and violence at the point, but he's an average rusher who wins with length and not speed. I see him as a 4-3 left end who needs a lot of work. I'm not the only scout who feels this way either." Should he declare, Oakman is going to be amongst the draft's most fascinating prospects to monitor throughout the process. Not many players are called a top-10 pick by half, and a mid-rounder by the other half. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Oakman had drawn "mixed reviews" in a poll of scouts. "While players get drafted early on freakish traits and pure projection all the time (see Dion Jordan), the issue for Oakman could be that he doesn't have the desired edge presence and athleticism as a pass rusher," opined NFL.com. "Rush ends are the ones who come off the board the earliest -- not power ends."
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:44:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman drew "mixed reviews" in a poll of scouts done by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"Looks like he's going to be whoop (expletive) and he just isn't," said one scout. "Looks like a pro but he's got a lot of rawness to his game." Oakman has top 10 potential, with a 6-foot-8, 275-pound frame and supreme athleticism. Because of his wavering production and on-again, off-again motor, scouts and analysts alike run the gamut of opinions on his value. Oakman is Rotoworld's No. 2 edge rusher behind Randy Gregory.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 11:14:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman is "a potential star," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He's a freak in terms of his frame (6-8) and athletic ability," Kiper wrote. He's a potential star -- a guy who can push a tackle into the backfield or get by him with quickness. He could land in the upper half of Round 1 if he tests well and if a team believes in his upside." Oakman faces an interesting quandary. While we think he's the No. 2 edge rusher behind Randy Gregory, other analysts see nothing better than a mid-round developmental prospect. The Bears' star will have to ascertain what the NFL thinks. "Oakman is still raw, and there are questions about the position he'll ultimately play," Kiper wrote. "He could drop into Round 2 if he doesn't test well and if enough teams put the 'project' label on him."
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 06:36:00 PM

Baylor and Michigan State will play on Jan. 1 in the Cotton Bowl.

We like this matchup quite a bit. Both teams present physical defenses and quarterback prospects. Michigan State's defensive backfield will be tested by Baylor's extremely spread offense which isolates coverages into one on one situations. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook will have to handle the pressure created by Baylor's front four.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:25:00 AM