Shawn Oakman DE #2 – Baylor
- 2013 Oklahoma
- 2014 SMU
- 2014 Buffalo
- 2014 Oklahoma State
Truly special trio of frame/size/athleticism. Immense power generation capability from his hips through his arms and hands that results in the ability to reestablish the LOS at will. Shows the ability to fire out of his stance low, w/leverage, and shoulder pads square. Possesses outstanding initial quicks both upfield and laterally, does a lot of damage slanting from C to B gaps, causing disruption in the backfield (combo of quicks/power overwhelms interior OL). Flashes a good sense of off balance blockers with ability to use their momentum against them to shed blocks. Has an effective arm over move and bullrush to effect the passing game & collapse the pocket. Shows impressive flexibility and bend off the edge, especially for such a tall body.
Overall very inconsistent in his hand placement and technique at the POA. Has a tendency to bring shoulder pads too far over his feet, minimizing his balance to progress through contact. Struggles to work his hands with fast firing, coordinated footwork, also negating his physical gifts and really causing him to play small/weak at times. Shows tendency to want to run through every block rather than utilize advanced handwork, leaving him susceptible to staying on blocks far too long. When attempting to disengage, he tries to lean off blocks rather than actively use hands and force himself off blocks. Has a habit of standing up to play watch – particularly versus the run – which also negates his strength/power/quickness. Hand placement and body positioning needs a lot of work on the edge to maintain outside leverage, too often will want to go head up, making it hard on himself to keep outside contain. Generally, a very raw player who makes a lot of mistakes that are difficult to watch considering his raw ability to outclass virtually anyone when it clicks.
Oakman came to Baylor as a 4-star, heavily recruited two-sport star player from Penn Wood High School in Pennsylvania (Oakman led the basketball team to a state championship victory as the starting center). Oakman originally signed with Penn State University before transferring to Baylor in 2011. He sat out the 2012 season before seeing the field in all 13 games in 2013 as a backup defensive end. He finished the year with 33 total tackles, 21 solo, 2 sacks, 12.5 TFL, 2 FF, 1 fumble recovered, and 1 blocked FG. In 2014, Oakman started 13 games and finished with 51 total tackles, 38 solo, 19.5 TFL, 11 sacks, 3 FF, 3 fumbles recovered, & 3 PBUs while contributing on special teams as well. Baylor lines him up exclusively at RDE both in 3 & 4 man fronts. Oakman has experience in the 7 tech, 5 tech, 4 tech, & 3 tech positions with most of his work done from the 5 tech spot.
Oakman has one of the more rare, awe-inspiring frames and bodies you will see from a player. Looks at worst a legitimate 6-7 (listed as 6-9) with the arm length to match. Huge shoulders and very well-proportioned dispersion of muscle throughout his core and limbs. He has the ability to utilize his physically dominant frame in ways that simply outclass opponents with both athleticism and power. Much more of a great athlete than football player right now. Only being a one-year CFB starter shows up on film. When he fires out of his stance with leverage, his initial quicks combine to unleash loads of power at the POA from his hips and hands to reestablish the LOS and knife through gaps for TFL opportunities. While his best is truly special, the norm is much more pedestrian right now. It appears he is still growing into his frame and it shows up in typical poor technique mixed in with brilliance. His technique at the POA with his hands is very underwhelming right now. He often will try and muscle through blocks and is stubborn to not disengage when it doesn’t work. By the time he attempts to free himself from contact its usually too late. He tends to stand and read plays as well. In the film I studied his motor runs hot and cold as he will pull up early on too many plays. He does however pursue backside with a vengeance at times, delivering bone-crushing blows that bring his domineering presence to life. His hand placement versus the run from his usual 5 tech position when he has to hold the edge usually suffers, as he keeps them too much inside rather than have his right hand leveraging the OL’s left shoulder. This puts him in a lot of disadvantageous positions that he has to make up ground on. When he tries to compensate and get off the block he leans his body in the direction he wants to go rather than use his hands to free his chest. The very basics of run defending seem foreign to him at this point. Versus the pass he uses a bullrush and arm over move that both can be very effective at times. He also has some impressive flexibility to turn the corner but lacks the coordination to do so consistently. His incredible production is a product of simply being a higher caliber of athlete/size than everyone he faces. It will be a fascinating study to see what improvements he makes in the 2015 season. The sky is truly the limit for Oakman, he just has a ways to ascend before he gets there.