The Rams' issues lie predominately on the offensive side of the ball and it is entirely possible that the club rolls the dice again on a receiver or even a quarterback. Success in the NFC West, however, comes through defense and with Chris Long due nearly $22 million over the next two years, St. Louis may look for a younger, cheaper and more dynamic option. Oakman is raw, but he's shockingly explosive given his 6-foot-8, 275-pound frame.
The bread and butter of the Giants' Super Bowl winning teams was a consistent pass rush, something the current team lacks. Oakman is far from a finished product, but the measureables and upside are why a team might take a chance on him in the top 15.
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STRENGTHS: With a physique that makes scouts gush, Oakman certainly passes the eyeball test with his tall, chiseled frame, branch-like length and body thickness to overwhelm blockers at the point of attack.
Oakman is balanced and flexible for his body type, playing comfortable on his feet when asked to drop and cover flat responsibilities. He is heavy-handed with muscles on his muscles, using his long arms to jolt and drive blockers backwards.
WEAKNESSES: Oakman has steadily progressed the last few seasons with added reps, but he isn't yet the sum of his parts. His pad level will always be an issue due to his height and his pass rush arsenal is very rudimentary right now.
Oakman tends to slow and be a nonfactor once his initial moves stall, struggling to shorten his path to the pocket. He doesn't consistently generate power from his lower half or convert his quick first step to power.
IN OUR VIEW: 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.
--Dane Brugler (5/18/15)
A freakish specimen on the hoof, Oakman is just scratching the surface of who he can be as a football player. He started his collegiate career at Penn State, but several off-field issues and poor academics led to his dismissal by then head coach Bill O'Brien.
Tabbed as angry and troubled, but not a bad kid, Oakman transferred to Baylor, sitting out the 2012 season and played a part-time role in 2013, finishing among the Big 12 leaders in tackles for loss (12.5).
He emerged as a force in 2014, registering a whopping 19.5 tackles for loss to go with 11 sacks, three pass breakups, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Oakman considering making the leap to the NFL before deciding to return to Waco for his senior season.
12/30/2014 - Baylor DE Shawn Oakman to return for senior season...Baylor might not have gotten the 2014 College Football Playoff berth it so desperately wanted, but its hopes of nabbing one in 2015 got a boost Monday when junior defensive end Shawn Oakman announced he will return for his senior season in Waco. "It's what you're supposed to do," Oakman said, per Fox Sports Southwest. "It's not my time. I've got unfinished business." Listed at 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds, the physically imposing Penn State transfer led the Big 12 with 18.5 tackles for loss in his first season as a starter, his 10 sacks placing him third in the conference. He was also named to the All-Big 12 FIrst Team. Oakman was already projected as a solid first-round selection for the 2015 NFL Draft but said Monday (in colorful fashion) he aspires to go as high as No. 1 overall. Oakman's Bears are in Arlington, Texas, as they prepare for their Cotton Bowl matchup with Michigan State on New Year's Day. Baylor is a 2.5-point favorite. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com