While leverage will always be an issue due to his height, he 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. According to Briles, Oakman has a "chance to be dominant" and if he takes the next step in his development in 2014, he has legitimate talent to be considered an early first round pick, projecting best as a five-technique in a 3-4 scheme.
--Dane Brugler (6/1/14)
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).
08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: SHAWN OAKMAN, BAYLOR...This is the fourth watch list honor for Oakman as he was selected for the Nagurski Trophy (defensive players), Bednarik Award (defensive players) and Lombardi Award (down lineman) in July. Oakman, a junior, earned All-Big 12 accolades last season while serving as a reserve in all 13 games. He 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 the season. In total, there are 29 players on the Hendricks watch list, including four from the Big 12 Conference. - Baylor football