Photo of Shawn Oakman
Grade
5.59 ?
  • 4.96 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'8" Height
  • 35 3/4" Arm Length
  • 287LBS. Weight
  • 10 5/8" Hands

Overview

It doesn't take long to find Oakman on the field, as his frame and No. 2 jersey stand out even among the Bears' top competition. Considering the difficulties he had growing up (his late father out of the picture, his mother was a cocaine addict, tested positive for HIV and spent time in prison), it?s difficult to imagine how he?s made it this far. He almost lost his way during his redshirt season at Penn State, where he was kicked off the team after attempting to steal a sandwich from a campus cafeteria because he was out of meal credits. It was a bit of a surprise when the massive lineman decided to return to school for the 2015 season, as he likely would have been an early-round pick after recording 19.5 tackles for loss (11 sacks) as a junior. His production was down considerably in 2015 (14.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks), though Big 12 coaches still named him a second team all-conference selection. Oakman will be a polarizing figure in draft rooms across the league due to juxtaposition between his physique and production.

Analysis

Strengths

One of the most long-­levered pro prospects you will ever see. Built like Adonis from the waist up with thunderous power in his hands. Able to create instant bull rush thanks to arm extension and explosive hips. Can bench press tackles to set a very strong edge. Has some 2-­gap ability when he plays square to the line of scrimmage and maintains a wider base. Incredible length puts him in position to make tackles when the ball drifts anywhere near him. Raw, but has tools and traits necessary to improve as a pass rusher if he puts the work in.

Weaknesses

Body type of a praying mantis with well-built upper and skinny legs. Will always struggle with his high center of gravity. Must create more knee bend as part of his muscle memory reflex to improve his balance. His pass rush consists of bull rushing or bull rushing. Occasionally windmills hands to try and swat away punch to turn the corner but mostly ­bull rushing. Menacing power only evident in straight line. Doesn't have leverage or lower body power to translate play strength throughout his movements. Upper body and lower body don't seem coordinated.

Sources Tell Us

"He's going to get beat up but I'll take a guy who has his size and power. Those guys make it in the league and they usually get better too. He's not a pass rusher, he's disruptive against the run. That is who you have to draft." -- AFC executive

NFL Comparison

Earl Okine

Bottom Line

While Oakman was the cause celebre of national media types after images of his tremendous upper body build emerged, he has always been more project than polish as a defensive end. While Oakman has limited upfield burst and no counters as a pass rusher, his length and ability to set a hard edge are no joke and his traits should get him drafted much higher than his tape warrants. Oakman could develop into a better pass rusher, but his lot may already be cast as a run­-stopping 3­-4 DE or 4-­3 base end.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.