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: Boasts a muscle-packed torso some body-builders might envy. 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 ballcarriers, often resulting in violent collisions.
Plays much lighter than he looks with burst off the ball to rush the pocket and the coordination to drop and play comfortably on his feet in space.
WEAKNESSES: Has what some scouts call a "beach body," with a disproportionately narrow base, and leverage will always be an issue due to his height. Can struggle to beat large offensive tackles who can anchor well.
Oakman has legitimate talent to be considered an early first round pick, projecting best as a five-technique in a 3-4 scheme.
--Dane Brugler and Rob Rang (11/10/14)
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).
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