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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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An AFC area scout said Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman is being "so overrated by the national media."
"Everybody on the road is beating up (Shawn) Oakman because he's been so overrated by the national media," the scout said (he means the scouting community when saying "on the road"). "I wouldn't take him in the first three rounds, but I'm not convinced that he can't become an NFL player. He's never going to be a great pass rusher, but he's really powerful and that is a trait that coaches can work with and do something with."'s Lance Zierlein confirmed that Oakman's name has been sullied in scouting circles. "Oakman is extremely tall with a shredded upper body, but has unusually thin legs," he wrote. "He's lacking in pass-rush technique and edge-bending ability. This scout is absolutely correct about the power in Oakman's hands at the point of attack, but his technique and consistency aren't great. Oakman will need some work, but he has outstanding length and strength, which are highly coveted traits by 3-4 teams looking for defensive Nov 24 - 5:21 PM

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Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman's "traits don't translate to a dominant football player as he continually leaves you wanting more," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Oakman has the power to drive defenders off the ball when he extends and generates push, but he doesn't do this consistently and blockers can too easily neutralize his power with leverage if he's unable to lock out his full extension. Although his long legs will help when chasing, it hurts him in short areas as he struggles to sink and collect himself in small spaces to break down and redirect," Brugler writes. The Baylor prospect has the kind of athleticism and natural talent that scouts take notice of, however, he'll have to turn that into more production to improve his draft stock. Brugler adds that Oakman's "production and skill-set aren't top-32 worthy."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 18 - 1:46 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes "NFL scouts need to see more" from Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman.

"He has long legs, which will help him chase down ballcarriers and run a good time in the 40-yard dash, but it hurts him in small areas like the pocket when he needs to break down and control his lower body. Although he has some snaps when he extends his vines for arms and forcibly moves blockers into the backfield, Oakman has an inconsistent punch and doesn't use his length consistently," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-8, 276-pound prospect has freakish athletic traits, but hasn't quite turned that into consistent production for the Bears this season. His senior slump could cause concern for NFL scouts.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 12 - 3:57 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman's "build, a long 6-feet/7.5-inches with skinny lower legs, concerns next level decision makers."

"During the Bears victory over Kansas State when Oakman faced off against Cody Whitehair, an offensive lineman with a second day grade, he collected just three tackles. He was slow getting off blocks and for the most part really did not seem to chase hard or show a lot of hustle," Pauline wrote. The Baylor prospect's stock has taken a hit this season, as his production has not been that impressive. Oakman has only recorded four sacks on the season.
Nov 10 - 2:03 PM

Twenty NFL teams will attend Thursday's Baylor-Kansas State game.

Visiting The Little Apple this evening: Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins. The main card for scouts? That would be Bears' DE Shawn Oakman against KSU T Cody Whitehair.
Nov 5 - 6:25 PM

Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman will face Kansas State's Cody Whitehair and Oklahoma's Orlando Brown, Jr. in consecutive weeks after the Bears' bye.

"NFL general managers want to pick Oakman in the top 10 because of his physical stature (6-foot-9, 275 pounds)," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter. "He's made most of his hay this season against lesser competition, however, and was virtually silenced when playing a good talent in Texas Tech left tackle Le'Raven Clark." Oakman is about to get two consecutive cracks at showing he can whip a future NFL offensive lineman. "Showing consistent effort and playmaking ability against better competition will show scouts he's worth an early pick," Reuter wrote. "The Bears need him to step up his game now that quarterback Seth Russell is out for the season with a neck injury."
Oct 29 - 7:33 PM

Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman's uneven performance against Texas Tech T Le'Raven Clark has scouts wondering if he can excel consistently against NFL talent.

Oakman had only three tackles in the game, including zero for loss, rather surprising as the Red Raiders passed up a storm and did so with a hobbled quarterback. "Oakman needs to have a strong finish to the year to put good tape in the hands of general managers throughout the league -- it will determine whether he goes in the top 50 or the top 5," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote. Oakman, who was suspended in Week 1, had 5.5 TFL and two sacks against Lamar and Rice.
Oct 7 - 5:57 PM

Having served a one-game suspension, Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman is expected to start against Lamar.

No huge surprise here. Oakman served a one-game suspension due to a violation of team rules as the Bears took down SMU in their season-opener. While it was certainly possible that HC Art Briles could have made a symbolic move by not putting the 6-foot-9, 270-pound senior on the field for the opening snap against Lamar in Week 2, apparently he feels the one-game suspension did its trick. Last season, Oakman went off for 11 sacks, 19.5 TFL and three forced fumbles. If he can keep his head on the right side of things, he's one of the most disruptive defensive forces in the game.
Sep 9 - 10:00 PM

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

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.
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.
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