Shawn Oakman- DE/5-T Baylor

 6-7 1/2, 289, (U) 4.81, (PD) 4.84

35 3/4" Arms! 23 Reps, 4.56 SS

10'3" Broad! 32" Vert, 7.53 3-C

The Baylor Three: Part II. 

By TOM

Oakman is a freak, and sometimes you just have to go with the freak factor. We have never really seen anything like him in the NFL. He has the size of a prototype 5-Tech, yet really has the skill set of an edgerusher. He is so big and strong, that you want to forget that he can control the edge, and turn the corner consistently on the OLT. His long spider arms give him the reach of Godzilla chasing a deer. but he is also a rough and tough 5-Tech who can mix it up as well as anyone inside. He has the best length in the Draft, and that also makes him look more like a square peg.

But sometimes you just have to go with the freak. The physical freaks in football can do things on the field that no other guys can. Football is about so many things: smarts, toughness, competitiveness, heart and hustle, and so much more. But it still comes down to athletic ability in the end. And the physical freaks can do more athletically than other players. Other players can make up some deficiencies with other things, but if you can teach those other things to a physical freak than you have an instant Hall Of Famer. 

Oakman can do things on the field athletically that no other player in this Draft can do. Only DeForest Buckner can match his physical gifts athletically. But even Buckner is more inside player, while Oakman is more of an edge player. Buckner cannot turn the corner like Oakman, but I also think Buckner is better than him inside. So with Oakman it is all about heart, hustle, smarts and toughness. I think he displays enough of those four traits to make him a top pick in this Draft.

So that is the question teams have to ask themselves. Is his ceiling worth the risk. Because there has not been a player like him in the NFL before. You have to treat him a little differently. He is not a D-tackle. If a 4-3 team takes him and stick him at DT they will ruin him. Buckner is the inside 5-Tech freak, and Oakman is the outside 5-Tech freak. It is easier to see what Buckner can do in a 3-4 and a 4-3, that is why I have him going Three. With Oakman it is not as easy. But when you put him in a 4-3 defense, like at the Senior Bowl, he hits the QB. He is a 6-7 280-pound spider armed edge rusher. Who when he has his long arms extended he cannot be blocked. If your DC can't figure out how to use this guy than he should be gone, not Shawn.

Oakman simply is not a prototypical 5-tech like Buckner. Nor is he a prototype 4-3 D-end. That is the trouble. His great length that makes it so hard for O-line to block him, also makes it difficult to find a traditional position for him. He is really an edgerusher, but I don't think he is as good standing up. He needs to play with his hand down in the dirt, in front of or outside the OLT. You can call it what you will in your particular defense, but you have to jam him in their somehow.

He is so good at extending his long arms. He always blasts off the snap, and gets those hands up as quicker than the OLT. He knows his biggest advantage on the field are his long arms and heavy hands, and he take every advantage that he can from them. He has been very productive the past two years. In 2014 they played a 4-3 and he was one of the most impactful D-ends in the nation. In 2015, they switched to more of a read and react 3-4 defense, and he had more run defense responsibilities. These factors conspired to this slowed him down a little in the rush. Plus, he was suspended for the first game of the season and was injured early. So his stats were down in 2015:

Career: All-American defensive end and three-time All-Big 12 honoree, school record-holder for career (17.5) and single-season (11) sacks… Aggressive, disruptive pass rusher, also finished second all-time on BU tackles-for-loss chart (46.5)… 2016 Senior Bowl participant… 2016 NFL Scouting Combine participant… Helped lead Baylor to most successful four-year span in school history: including two conference championships (2013 & 2014 Big 12 titles), two bowl victories and 40 wins (22-3 home mark) in four seasons – in three seasons of play following transfer season led BU to incredible 32-7 record… Totaled 127 tackles (91 solo, 46.5 for loss), 17.5 sacks, 19 QB hurries and seven forced fumbles in 38 career games (25 starts)… Labeled “College Football’s Top Freak” by FOX Sports and Big 12’s “Best Athlete” by Sporting News… Transferred to Baylor after one redshirt season at Penn State… Timed at 4.81 in 40-yard dash… Vertical jump measured at 36.0 inches… Former top 200 national recruit… Graduated in December 2015 with a degree in Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.

He has gotten better at chase down the ball carrier running to the other side of the line. He looks longer and lankier this year. He plays with so much heart and hustle sometimes that it is amazing. He can chase down smaller RBs on runs to the opposite side downfield and tackle them. 

Oakman seems to have that unique ability to keep the OLT moving backwards. Then he benches with his long arms, and attacks with his hands. His arms are just too long for most OLTs to handle. He uses his long arms even better to punch off OLTs. He played in more of a 3-4 read and react defense this year. It didn't help his game. But he still was able to turn the corner consistently, after he stopped to read the play, and then attack the corner. When he was aloud to just rush, he continue to be a nightmare for OLT. He was suspended for SMU game for violating team rules.

When he has a lane to the QB he gets there fast. He looked healthy for the first time in a while against UNC. He took the OLT and jammed him back, swam under him, and then hit the QB as he was being tackled. He can use his hands to split the OC and OG as well. Great arm grab and hop inside move. Still pursues across the field. He uses his hands and long arms so well to break free. It is hard to sustain blocks against him. He will line up at the 4-Tech and beat the OLG around his outside shoulder. He can delay as he reads the play action, and then still get to the QB as he throws with a second burst.

2015 (Senior): Starting defensive end in 12 games played during All-Big 12 senior season… Totaled 43 tackles (32 solo, 14.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks for -38 yards, eight QB hurries and two forced fumbles on season… Named second-team All-Big 12 by league coaches, Phil Steele and Waco Tribune-Herald… Ranked third in Big 12 with 1.21 tackles-for-loss per game… 14.5 total TFL ranked ninth on BU single-season chart… 0.38 sacks per game ranked 19th in Big 12… Missed season-opening game due to rules violation… Totaled six tackles and tied career high with 3.5 TFL, added 10-yard sack and hurry, in win over Lamar in second game… Made five solo stops, two for loss, and sack in win over Rice in third game… Solo tackle in win over Kansas in fifth game was eight-yard sack that broke school career sacks record (previously 15)… Made career-high seven tackles (six solo), tied career-best 3.5 for loss for -16 yards, and forced fumble in win over Iowa State in seventh game… Totaled four tackles, including assisted sack, vs. No. 12 Oklahoma in ninth game… Had five stops (four solo, one for loss) at No. 15 TCU in 11th game… Sat out 2015 spring drills recovering from wrist surgery.

Additional Notes:

TCU: He is so good at extending his long arms. He always blasts off the snap, and gets those hands up quicker than the OLT. He knows his biggest advantage on the field are his long arms and heavy hands, and he take every advantage that he can from them. Oakman is such an elite run blocker that he makes teams run to the strongside only. Teams in his conference don't even bother trying to run to the Blindside. You cannot run to his side, and his side is the blindside. He will get chopped sometimes, and is susceptible to screen passes.

OK: He still is going relentlessly after the QB. He just does such a nice job using his long arms and hands to attack the OLT's arms and keeping his hands off his shirt. He can get up field a little, grab the OLT's arms (and that's arms not arm), see that he is out too wide, and rip back inside to the QB. He is quicker than you think he can be.

UNC: He will over rush himself out of the play once and a while. When the OG can't get his hands on him, he is at the QB in a flash. Elite ability to use his hands and feet to change direction, with the OLT on him, and redirect to the QB taking off. Rushing more inside in Bowl game, as they are blitzing the OLB outside of him. He keeps destroying the OLG in the rush. Playing more 5 and 4-tech this year. He literally gets his hands high on the OLG and runs him over, and falls on top of him. Great power move up higher than you'd think possible. When he is healthy, he uses his incredible long arms and hands as well as anyone in this Draft. He is a terror as an inside rusher. 

He rushed through the ORG, and got punched by the OC and he popped his helmet off, and he continued to the QB, Which is apparently a penalty. Which is so dumb, because the two guys doubling him both got knocked back, and where coming to hit him. So if he had stopped they would have crushed him. That is the dumbest rule I've ever heard. If a DE gets his helmet knocked off he has to stop playing immediately, but if the guys blocking him don't, do they get a penalty? Or are they allowed to just hurt him as he is not allowed to defend himself. That is definitely a dumbass penalty that looks better on paper, but endangers the guy it is suppose to protect. Because live, you could see the OLG and OC where coming for Oakman.

Senior Bowl: He had a great strip sack to end the 1st quarter of the SB. Oakman also had a second Sack in the second quarter with extra effort after it looked like Dadi was going to sack Hogan. Then he stunted inside and flush Hogan on 3rd and 16 to force the punt. Great inside spin move.

Oakman just kept making plays at the SB, and they kept giving credit to other players, and then talking about his lack of  production, which is a mystery to me? Then he gets a sack, and you'd think he tripped and fell down instead of hitting the quarterback. Another guy with a great inside move. Not only did he get his second Sack in the 1st half, he chipped on the TE to stop his release, and then turned the corner on the OLT and slammed into the QB and ripped the ball out.

Previously Released:

Oakman is a freak. He was the best player in this Draft at getting TFLs as a Sophomore and Junior. He had 12.5 TFL and 2 Sacks as a Sophomore. He had 19.5 TFLs, and led the nation by averaging 1.5 TFL per game. Oh, and he added 11 sacks as well. "Everybody on the road is beating up Oakman because he's been so overrated by the national media," an AFC scout said. "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." What? He garnered 14.5 TFL in 2015, which gives him 46.5 TFL over the past three seasons, which is more than any other FBS player over that span. Your damn right NFL coaches will have something to work with him.

He consistently makes impact plays. "Oakman looks great," a different scout said. "He's going to be a combine warrior. But you've got to turn on the film at some point, and he doesn't make a lot of plays. He kind of freelances." What? Doesn't make a lot of plays? Again, he had 12.5 TFL as a non-starting part-time player in 2013. He made more plays than anyone is 2014. I can remember 46.5 plays he has made over the past three seasons.

Last year, he was playing more 5-Tech in Baylor's 3-4. "They are making plays because the guys up front are occupying blockers," Briles said. "When the D-Line occupies blockers, they turn the linebackers free and they make plays. All that credit goes to the four guys up front." He occupied a lot of blockers last season, and they often went into a two-man front with him and Billings.

He used his long arms to become a great edgerusher in college. He got injured during the season and his sack production went down. He did look like he was protecting himself a little during the games. However, he was great in Baylor's Bowl game, and was  unblockable. Then he went to the Senor Bowl and got two Sacks. When he is on and playing hard, he hits the QB as well as anyone in this Draft. Plus, he showed year after year at Baylor that he has that knack for hitting the RB in the backfield.

Oakman Vs TCU:

This tape might be more for Billings. I watched this game and thought Billings was spectacular. There are some plays missing from this Tape. It seemed Oakman and Billings were rushing by themselves the whole 2nd half of the game. Billings was incredible. After rewatching the Tape he was not as inhuman as I remembered. But he was still incredible, and looked like an easy 1st round lock. This wasn't Oakman's best game of the season. But he played tough in the run and rush, and was consistently doubled as well.

Oakman is the Blindside DE. He gets up field, then he uses his long arms and freakish strength to just dismiss the OLT. This was an example of a large part of his problem this season. He was in a more read and react system. So he was coached to stack and shed, which slows his rush. He blasts off the snap, and watch how quickly he gets his hands up. With his spider arms extended, the OLT can't grab his shirt. But he has to slow a little to read the play. Then he uses his quick hands to slap his arms down. And the second slap to separate from the OLT completely, and he has a lane to the QB. That is an elite rush for a 5-Tech. The play turns into a Draw, and you have to watch Oakman chase the ultra quick scatback downfield, on the other side of the LOS to make the tackle. That is a great play (:01). This is what Billing just seems to do so naturally. He stacks the OG up with his hands. Reads the play. Then tosses the ORG aside the instant he reads it. Watch the sudden push-pull with his hands as he shed the OG and charges into the backfield. But the quick RB Green is just able to move laterally enough to sneak past him. 

Billings lines up at DT and tries to Rip to the QB, but was on the wrong side of the line for that move. Oakman rushes like he is playing contain. He is more interested in stopping Boykin from running. But again, watch the club and Rip he uses to slash inside at will (:12). Oakman just heads up field and pushes the OLT back towards the RB as he tries to see if he has the ball (:27). Here is where it starts. He gets a straight two on one double team. The OC isn't even looking at anyone else, as he and the ORG double Billings. But Billings is still able to push off the ORG as he slides laterally and then gets to the other shoulder of the OC, and tries to Rip forward. An NFL DC would see that play, and start blitzing ILBs past the OC.

Billing wins with his initial burst there. He powers past the ORG and into the OC. Watch the power as he pops the OC backwards over and over. Then he uses his hands to shed, as the QB takes off, and chases him down field. Oakman again is unblockable. He gets a shoulder grab in, and then combos a Rip past the OLT. He flushes Boykin who is caught in Billings trap (:39). Watch the quick hands and burst of Billings as he jams off one blocker and grabs the second (1:01). You see Oakman in here at 4-Tech, like a 3-4 D-End. He burst off the snap, lower than the OG. But look at his head. He is watching the RB and slanting with the O-line outside. It is a play action, but if it wasn't he had the OLG controlled, and the RB in his sights. 

Here they are in their more customary position as NT and Blindside 5-Tech. Oakman has been miscast as an inside guy, because of his immense size, but height doesn't always help you inside. Length and long arms helps you on the edge. Watch him attack the OLT's arms with a double slap, and then dip and power rip right through him. You are starting to see why I classify him as an unclassifiable Edgerusher (1:09). Billings is also starting to show the phenomenal strength he has garnered in his legs from all the squatting. Both these guys are freaks and hard to quantify. But you also are starting to see how they are really a two man rush, going against three or four O-linemen on almost every down. Oakman got the rush that forced Boykin to throw early, and caused the bad throw. But watch Billings inside. He lines up on the center, and blast off into the double team. They clamp down on him and appears to stop him. But watch the little swim move over the OC, and suddenly he is powering both guys back. he pushes the OC and ORG back over five yards with the incredible power in his legs.

This is just incredible. After watch the amazing power in Billings rush, the TCU coaches decide to double outside. So Billings uses his powerful hands to almost pull the OC to the ground. That is one of the best passrush moves by a NT I have ever seen. Meanwhile watch the power move Oakman uses with his legs, and then benches the OLT almost off his feet. Then he goes low and is in complete control. He has the QB dead rights, and alls Boykin can do is dive to the ground to avoid him, but look who jumps on top of the QB (1:24). That is really a sack by Oakman that Billings probably got credit for. Watch Oakman's blast off, and then the hands come up. He pushes the OLT's shoulders up so he is higher up than Oakman's 6-7 frame. The rush is really done right there. Then watch the OLT's head snap down, and Oakman pulls him down and himself past his shoulder. He completely controlled the OLT's body with that powerful push-pull (1:34). But even as impressive as that was, I was astounded when I watched this game live (I actually may have stood up and cheered when I watch this game on TV, but that would be too geeky even for me). He does not just used pure brute force to split and power the double team block of two bigger guys straight back at the QB. He explodes off the snap, and with a simple one handed shoulder club, he is gone. See-ya, wouldn't want to be-ya. I not sure you can call that finesse? But if you could, no other nose tackle in this Draft plays with that power, and make you miss quickness/power. Then all Boykin can do is a panic-pirouette, that forces himself to fall down.

Okay, no big deal. TCU just runs away from Billings and Oakman. Nothing to see here. Oops, was that Oakman who just made the tackle on an off tackle run to the other side? And also, did you see that swim move by Billings that dissolved the double team? Maybe this was their best game, but they are the two most underrated prospects in this Draft (1:52). The play starts off with Billings body ahead of Oakman's on the blast off, but Oakman's long reach ahead of Billings (2:02). The other DL-guy makes the play on this play, and it might have been his only one. But watch Billings toss the OC aside again. While Oakman gets trapped inside as he was fooled by the play action to the RB. But watch the agility as he breaks back outside, and then spins back inside, but it was into the double team.

Billings gets trapped by the double and spins out too late. While Oakman tries to run past the OLT, and throws him to the ground too late (2:25). TCU runs away from Billings and Oakman for a couple of plays. Billings uses his arms to keep the interior guys off his legs, as there is a pileup in front of him. But he just can't get around the traffic caused by the accident (3:01). But watch the agile Oakman. Please note this is a 6-7 work out warrior. He heads up field, and extends his arms like he is wont to do. The OLT tries to cut him. Watch his hands grab the the OLT's head and slam it to the ground, as he leaps over him like a deer. Then he regains his feet and slams into Boykin like he is Bambi , and Oakman is Godzilla.

Then Oakman just uses pure speed and burst to reach the corner, but slips as he is turning. Watch Billings. You are starting to see the double team turn into triple teams. And he just powers back the double like daisies (3:15). And here it is. This just blows me away. Watch the power and fight in his hands, legs, and feet as Billings powers the triple team backwards. That is 900-pounds of O-linemen that Billings is squatting backwards, only the squat bar doesn't fight back (3:24). Oh yeah, Watch Oakman take advantage of the triple team to dismiss the OLT with a great Swim move, and then chases the QB all the way across the field. Oakman is so big compared to Boykin that he looks like a father chasing his kid across the front lawn.

This was another play I cheered for. Watch Billings get swallowed up by the triple team inside. I have never seen a NT get triple teamed two plays in a row. But watch him push that triple team backwards 8-yard, INTO BOYKIN. The power in that man's legs are simply inhuman. I have never seen anything like that before. Oh, and the OLT catches Oakman in a Swim like an NFL OL, so Oakman clubs him to the ground like he is laughing out loud (3:35). Watch Billings here, it is funny. He powers to the OC, and then tries to slide sideways with a power Rip. But the OC catches him, like Oakman got caught on the last play, and shoves him off balance. Super powerful NTs don't have that kind of balance. But instead of falling down, he turns the momentum into a slam into the ORG running over to double him, and pounds him backwards into QB, and almost butt-tackles Boykin (3:47). Oakman just unleashes a great power inside Rip, but just can't reach Boykin with the OLT holding him.

Billings is fooled by the option run, but watch him split the double team right into the RB. Have you noticed that TCU doesn't even bother to try to run to Oakman's side. It is to the strongside every time (3:56). Oakman gets chopped, but Billings drives the ORG all the way across the line to jam the RB out of the hole he wants to run into (4:07). Both Billings and Oakman play the RB first in the Option runs, and give the RB nothing while occupying three blocker so the LBs can run to Boykin (4:39). They shift to the strongside as TCU keeps running away form Oakman (4:49). Oakman takes on the double team inside, and get to the RB on the play action. You cannot run to his side. Meanwhile, Billings splits the double again and tries to power the ORG back into Boykin, but the OG got leverage on him. It is very difficult to get the leverage on Billings.

At some point they have to throw. They ran enough to wear down Billings and Oakman in Overtime, so they try to pass. Only just watch the triple team form around Billings' again. And then he shoves it off and destroys it, and finds a lane to the QB. That is just incredible how he beats triple teams. Oakman gets the outside shoulder of the OLT and tries to Rip past him, but slips down in the monsoon (5:01). They can only run successful when the RB runs as fast as he can away from Oakman and Billings (5:12). You cannot underestimate how good those two guys are against the run.

Watch Billings and Oakman crush the RB on the fake inside Option (5:24). Second Overtime. Oakman gets outside into position to hit the RB on the reverse. Billings fights through the double, but he isn't fast enough to catch up with the WR (5:31). Billings goes for the QB on the option run, so he gives it to the RB. Watch his great quick feet as he dances around the OLG (5:42). Here is Oakman standing up outside. This is one of his problems. His best position should be as a 3-4 OLB, but he is not nearly as explosive standing up to rush. It just doesn't seem to work. meanwhile Billings fights the double team to the sideline, which allows the linebacker to make the play in the backfield (5:51). Oakman looks much more tentative at OLB, but he makes the play here. He holds up the OLT, shifts into the hole, and take down the RB. Billings does a great job exploding through the OC, and getting his big mitts on the RB (5:59). That was a great tape by two guys who make plays that no one else in this Draft can make.

Oakman Vs TCU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcWlspdKjU8

 

2014 Preseason Bio:

This guy is so fun to watch. His combination of speed, strong hands, and long arms is unmatched in college football. He will drop into coverage sometimes, and also will come to the middle of the field to spy the QB. He will also stand up and play OLB in short yardage situations. He just keeps getting his long arms on the OT and drives him to the QB. He does not play as well on the strongside. Though he seemed to get better as the game goes on. Does not read option well. Thinking is not his thing, he is an up field monster. He has the biggest tallest Rip around the corner I have ever seen. 

Fourth-year junior and returning All-American... Tall, aggressive, disruptive pass rusher and two-time All-Big 12 defensive end... Through 26 games (entering 2015 season), 13 career sacks ranked tied for sixth on BU all-time chart (two shy of school record of 15) and 32 career TFL ranks eighth... Broke school's single-season sack record with 11 in 2014... Former transfer from Penn State, has played two seasons in college after sitting out 2012 (Baylor, as transfer) and 2011 (PSU, redshirt)... Timed at 4.81 in 40-yard dash... Vertical jump measured at 36.0 inches... Former top 200 national recruit... Sat out 2015 spring drills recovering from wrist surgery.

He does a nice job bulling the OLT back, and then slipping inside. He can get to the opposite side of the line on an off tackle run and leap up on top of the RB. I love how he can jam an OLT up with his inside hand, and then grab him with both hands and pull the OLT to the ground, as he pulls himself past him. What makes him so much better this year is that he now has elite hands to go along with his long spider arms. When he get stuffed, he locks onto the QB and uses his long arms to swat the ball. He is such a freak. When they blitz up the gut, he has the speed and burst to turn the corner.

2014 (Junior): Starting All-American defensive end in all 13 games for 2014 Big 12 champions... Set BU single-season record with 11.0 sacks, ranked 15th nationally (second in Big 12) at 0.85 per-game... Ranked top 10 nationally in tackles-for-loss (1.5 per-game, 10th) and fumbles recovered (three, 10th, led Big 12)... Named third-team All-America by Associated Press, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sports On Earth, and honorable mention by Sports Illustrated... Consensus first-team All-Big 12 honoree... Totaled 51 tackles (38 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss (-89 yards), 11.0 sacks (-73 yards), nine QB hurries, three PBUs, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered on season... 19.5 TFL ranks third on BU's single-season chart... Three forced fumbles ranked third in Big 12... Named "Best Defensive Lineman" in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football...

I have Oakman rated over Bosa because he was the man on the Baylor line last year. Bosa is really his equal as a prospect, but he was not the man last year. Bennett was the man on the Ohio State D-line last year. Plus, he played next to Adolphus Washington a lot as well. Washington is also better than anyone Oakman Played with at Baylor. Plus, in my notes I described him as a mixture of Marcus Hunt and Clowney. If that comes anywhere near to being true than that is one Frankenstein Monster I want on my team.

Oakman Vs SMU 2014:

He Made first career start in season-opening win over SMU, totaled five tackles (four solo, two for losses), career-high two sacks (-20 yards), one hurry and one forced fumble...

He was phenomenal in the first game against SMU. He used his long arm to make it impossible for the O-Linemen to grab him. He seemed to slip through almost any gap he wanted at will. On one tackle he was doubled by the OLT and OLG. He reached his long arm between the two O-Linemen and grab the RB and pulled him down. He finally got his first sack towards the end of the 1st. But he also played all over the Blindside. He played 5-Tech, D-End, DT in a two man fronts, and even stood up rushed like an OLB. He dropped into coverage once. SMU started triple teaming him. 

I question his ability to turn the corner with speed. He has mostly been bursting inside. He got a great blast off and ran around the OLT, and the OLG had to bail and double team him on the Corner. He is occupying two or three blockers on every snap. He is blend of Margus Hunt and Clowney. He can read the misdirection play well sometimes. SMU set up a screen, and he bounced outside to shut it down almost instantly. He also covered the FB out of backfield. He read the QB draw, and stopped rushing and went through three blocker to hit him at the LOS. He single handily destroyed the SMU offence in the 1st quarter. When he stunts inside three O-linemen get their hands on him. When he lines-up in a 2-man front on a long passing down, he was triple by the entire left side of the O-Line. He has a great Swim move over the OLT and OLG on the double team in the run game. 

Oakman Vs SMU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHO2xa2k6Tg

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Iowa ST 2014: Posted sack, hurry, PBU and four tackles in win at Iowa State in fourth game:

The BU defense, led by Oakman and Hager are leading the nation in TFL in the first quarter of the season with over 9 per game. That is a huge number. His ability to burst into the OLT, and then extend his arms makes him unblockable when he can bench him off. Every time I watched him this year he is destroying OLT. They cannot get their hands on his shirt because of his long arms. He got his 4th sack of the season on Iowa ST by jacking the OLT backwards off his feet. He almost knocked him back on his butt, and Oakman was past him and tackling the QB before he could recover. He was so much more promise than production last year [2013]. He is fulfilling his vast promise by averaging a Sack a game in the first four games. He is a bigger and longer armed Chandler Jones. I honestly think he is that good. The two best defensive players so far this season have been Sheldon and Oakman. I think both have surpassed Leonard Williams. They took him out of the game against Iowa State to rest a little, and the Iowa State offence (down 14-zip) barely had a 1st down with him on the field, and were suddenly over midfield and at the twenty. He came back in and Iowa state scored two plays later. He has five sacks already on the season.

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Oakman Vs Oklahoma:

Started on the Blindside as a D-end in 4-3. He is so quick when he can hold off the OLT with his long arms, and then run around him. He played with a wrist wrap against Oklahoma [and had wrist surgery this off season- Sat out 2015 spring drills recovering from wrist surgery]. Showed some speed to the Corner against Tyrus Thompson. He can get a little high on the goal line sometimes. They will stand him up as an OLB in goal line sometimes (and on 4th and 2). He can put speed to power with his hands inside the shoulder pads, and push the big OLT into the QB's feet. He has a nice inside Rip that he can break off and tackle the QB trying to scramble behind him with impressive agility. He can circle all the way around the OLT, chase the panicked QB up field, and crush him from behind. Big vicious hitter when he gets a free shot at the QB. He will get caught with a high swim move sometimes and get knocked back on his butt. He gets fooled by play action a lot, but that is probably his run first responsibilities. 

Oakman Vs Oklahoma:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYxULRlZy9o

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Oakman Vs Oklahoma State:

Named Big 12 Defensive Player of Week after totaling two sacks (-12 yards), career-high six solo tackles, QB hurry and forced fumble in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game...

He just makes it so hard for the OLT to hold his shirt. He punches, shoves, and clubs non stop as he bobs and weaves in and out of the block. He scares offences so much that the OLT doesn't leave him on screens. That is a huge sign of respect. He also plays 5-Tech, which is not his best position as it allows the ORG to double him without looking at anyone else. However, when that happens he turns it into a street fight. With his long arms and non stop chopping, slapping, and shoving their hands off of him. He is elite at using his hand and feet together in balance. 

Oakman Vs Oklahoma ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ0WKRJVxzY

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Oakman Vs Michigan State:

He so good at getting to the Corner it is amazing. At his height, he should not be able to do that. His long arms are such great weapons in the rush. He has maybe the strongest hands of any D-end in college football. He is vulnerable to the chop block. I love how he can Jam the OLT up, and then pull himself past him with one arm and hand. That is amazing strength. Then he just runs around the OLT with freakish speed. At 6-8 280 he has some suddenness in his blast off. That is really impressive at his massive size. He gets doubled consistently. He does a nice job changing speed in the rush. When he gets high in the run game, he can get powered back way out of the play on the goal line. He has to learn to dig better on the goal line. When he puts speed to power he can jam the OLT up and knock him off his feet to get to the QB. Holds the point well, and can lean over and fall onto the RB. 

Oakman Vs Mich ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwuJDf4VfOk

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Oakman Vs Iowa State 2013:

Registered five tackles, two for loss including six-yard sack as well as hurry in win over Iowa State in sixth game...

Redshirt Soph DE- Shawn Oakman- 6-9, 275, #2- He plays the edge nicely, but will give up the edge as he tries to grab the RB inside. Needs to keep contain. Looks to QB first, and then can turn and find the RB going up the middle and get to him real fast. Impressive redirecting on Option run. Stronger than he looks. OLT tried to throw him outside on Draw meant to go under him, but he read it and stopped it. The OLT couldn't leverage him up field despite Oakman's height. He shows some suddenness in his initial burst. His first two or three yards on his blast off is so impressive [36" Vert]. He is so impressive using his arms to shove off the OLT. Then he slips him and makes his way to the QB. Likes to go inside. Doesn't seem to trust his moves to the outside as much. He should stay in school. Nice long arms that he uses well. He can get his hands into a OLT chest, and the OLT cannot reach his shirt. Then a simple shove and he is inside heading towards the QB.

Oakman Vs Iowa ST 2013:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch2HzYQMXVo

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Shawn Oakman Official Bio:

2014 ALL-AMERICA, THIRD TEAM (AP)
2016 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE
2016 SENIOR BOWL
2015 ALL-BIG 12, SECOND TEAM (COACHES)
2014 ALL-BIG 12, CONSENSUS FIRST TEAM
2013 ALL-BIG 12, HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES)

All-American defensive end and three-time All-Big 12 honoree, school record-holder for career (17.5) and single-season (11) sacks… Aggressive, disruptive pass rusher, also finished second all-time on BU tackles-for-loss chart (46.5)… 2016 Senior Bowl participant… 2016 NFL Scouting Combine participant… Helped lead Baylor to most successful four-year span in school history: including two conference championships (2013 & 2014 Big 12 titles), two bowl victories and 40 wins (22-3 home mark) in four seasons – in three seasons of play following transfer season led BU to incredible 32-7 record… Totaled 127 tackles (91 solo, 46.5 for loss), 17.5 sacks, 19 QB hurries and seven forced fumbles in 38 career games (25 starts)… Labeled “College Football’s Top Freak” by FOX Sports and Big 12’s “Best Athlete” by Sporting News… Transferred to Baylor after one redshirt season at Penn State… Timed at 4.81 in 40-yard dash… Vertical jump measured at 36.0 inches… Former top 200 national recruit… Graduated in December 2015 with a degree in Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.

2015 (Senior): Starting defensive end in 12 games played during All-Big 12 senior season… Totaled 43 tackles (32 solo, 14.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks for -38 yards, eight QB hurries and two forced fumbles on season… Named second-team All-Big 12 by league coaches, Phil Steele and Waco Tribune-Herald… Ranked third in Big 12 with 1.21 tackles-for-loss per game… 14.5 total TFL ranked ninth on BU single-season chart… 0.38 sacks per game ranked 19th in Big 12… Missed season-opening game due to rules violation… Totaled six tackles and tied career high with 3.5 TFL, added 10-yard sack and hurry, in win over Lamar in second game… Made five solo stops, two for loss, and sack in win over Rice in third game… Solo tackle in win over Kansas in fifth game was eight-yard sack that broke school career sacks record (previously 15)… Made career-high seven tackles (six solo), tied career-best 3.5 for loss for -16 yards, and forced fumble in win over Iowa State in seventh game… Totaled four tackles, including assisted sack, vs. No. 12 Oklahoma in ninth game… Had five stops (four solo, one for loss) at No. 15 TCU in 11th game… Sat out 2015 spring drills recovering from wrist surgery.

ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE
BEDNARIK AWARD CANDIDATE
BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY CANDIDATE
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD CANDIDATE
TED HENDRICKS AWARD CANDIDATE

Fourth-year junior and returning All-American... Tall, aggressive, disruptive pass rusher and two-time All-Big 12 defensive end... Through 26 games (entering 2015 season), 13 career sacks ranked tied for sixth on BU all-time chart (two shy of school record of 15) and 32 career TFL ranks eighth... Broke school's single-season sack record with 11 in 2014... Former transfer from Penn State, has played two seasons in college after sitting out 2012 (Baylor, as transfer) and 2011 (PSU, redshirt)... Timed at 4.81 in 40-yard dash... Vertical jump measured at 36.0 inches... Former top 200 national recruit... Sat out 2015 spring drills recovering from wrist surgery.

2014 (Junior): Starting All-American defensive end in all 13 games for 2014 Big 12 champions... Set BU single-season record with 11.0 sacks, ranked 15th nationally (second in Big 12) at 0.85 per-game... Ranked top 10 nationally in tackles-for-loss (1.5 per-game, 10th) and fumbles recovered (three, 10th, led Big 12)... Named third-team All-America by Associated Press, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sports On Earth, and honorable mention by Sports Illustrated... Consensus first-team All-Big 12 honoree... Totaled 51 tackles (38 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss (-89 yards), 11.0 sacks (-73 yards), nine QB hurries, three PBUs, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered on season... 19.5 TFL ranks third on BU's single-season chart... Three forced fumbles ranked third in Big 12... Named "Best Defensive Lineman" in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Made first career start in season-opening win over SMU, totaled five tackles (four solo, two for losses), career-high two sacks (-20 yards), one hurry and one forced fumble... Was named Athlon Big 12 Player of Week for performance vs. SMU... Posted sack, hurry, PBU and four tackles in win at Iowa State in fourth game... Totaled career-high seven tackles (five solo, one for loss), QB hurry and recovered fumble with one second remaining in first half that led to half-ending field goal in epic 61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game...Made 2.5 tackles for loss, hurry and recovered fumble at West Virginia... Had seven-yard sack, forced fumble, recovered fumble and had QB hurry in win over Kansas in eighth game... Named Big 12 Defensive Player of Week after totaling two sacks (-12 yards), career-high six solo tackles, QB hurry and forced fumble in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game... Had five stops, season-high three TFL, one sack, season-high two PBUs and two hurries in win vs. Texas Tech in 11th game... Made two tackles, including three-yard sack, in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year's Six bowl...Had three tackles, including six-yard sack, in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State

2013 (Sophomore): Played all 13 games as reserve defensive end, earned All-Big 12 honors in first collegiate season... Earned first college letter... Totaled 33 tackles (21 solo), 12.5 tackles-for-loss of 32 yards, two sacks (-10 yards), two QB hurries, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick on season... Received third-team All-Big 12 recognition by Phil Steele and honorable mention from league coaches... Also named honorable mention Sophomore All-America by Scout/College Football News... Finished second on squad with 12.5 tackles-for-loss, in backup role... Made collegiate debut in season-opening win over Wofford, totaled season-high six tackles (five solo) and season-high 3.5 tackles-for-loss (-6 yards)... Made three stops, including two for loss of six yards, and forced fumble in win over Buffalo in second game... Had three tackles (2.5 for losses) and QB hurry in win over ULM in third game... Made first career sack (-4 yards) and forced fumble in win over West Virginia in fourth game... Registered five tackles, two for loss including six-yard sack as well as hurry in win over Iowa State in sixth game... Had three tackles, one for loss, and recovered fumble in win at Kansas in seventh game... Also had three tackles in wins vs. Texas Tech (ninth game) and at TCU (11th game)... Made first career kick block (first at BU since 2009), of first quarter field goal attempt, in historic win over No. 23 Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and school's first-ever BCS Bowl berth... Had four tackles, including an assisted TFL, in Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 15 UCF.

2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Joined Baylor program in summer of 2012, from Penn State, sat out to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements... Lost year of eligibility.

2011 (True Freshman - Penn State): Sat out true freshman season at Penn State, redshirted to retain eligibility.

High School: Prepped at Penn Wood High School in Landsdowne, Pa., played under head coach Sam Mormando... National top-200 recruit, rated No. 167 overall prospect by 247Sports.com and No. 189 by Rivals.com... Two-sport star recruited as defensive end, also played tight end and four-year starter on basketball squad... National ratings among defensive ends: No. 9 by 247Sports.com, No. 18 by Rivals.com and No. 19 by Scout.com... Listed eighth-best prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com and No. 12 overall prospect in Northeast by G&W Recruiting Report... First-team all-state selection by Pennsylvania Football News... Played in the Big 33 Football Classic pitting Pennsylvania vs. Ohio all-stars... Led PWHS to 9-2 record as senior in 2010, totaled 80 tackles and 23 tackles for loss including 16 sacks... Also had nine batted balls, four fumbles recovered and three fumbles forced... As junior in 2009 totaled 116 tackles, 17 sacks and four forced fumbles, also made 20 receptions and five touchdowns for 8-4 Penn Wood squad... Center for basketball team, won 2008-09 PIAA Class AAAA state championship and finished state runners-up in 2009-10.

Personal: Nephew of Ken and Tracy Roberts... Born April 7, 1992, in Philadelphia, Pa.... Majoring in health, human performance and recreation studies.

DEFENSE G SOLO ASST. TOTAL SACKS/YDS TFL/YARDS FF FR P DEF INT/YDS
2012 7 1 0 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 13 21 12 33 2 / 10 12.5 / 32 2 1 -- --
2014 13 38 13 51 11 / 73 19.5 / 89 3 3 3 --
2015 12 32 11 43 4.5 / 38 14.5 / 55 2 -- -- --
TOTAL 45 92 36 128 17.5 / 121 46.5 / 176 7 4 3 --

 

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