Shawn Oakman is headed to Los Angeles. Oakman should be in the NFL, but this is a great opportunity for him to rebound.
Several early mock drafts projected Oakman to be a first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated penciled in Oakman as the first overall pick in his “2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0,” which was published a few days after the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft. Oakman’s production dropped in 2015 and his draft stock fell throughout the season. One AFC area scout commented that he would not select Oakman in the first three rounds of the draft. Some of the concerns about Oakman were his skinny lower body, lack of pass-rush technique, and “inconsistent motor chasing plays and inability to make plays against better competition.”
After Oakman’s arrest on a sexual assault charge, which occurred only two weeks before the 2016 NFL Draft, an NFC executive told Lance Zierlein of NFL.com that Oakman was “undraftable now” because the case is unlikely to be resolved before the start of the draft. Zierlein believed the arrest would likely result in Oakman being removed from all NFL team boards.
He was cleared of those charges and he is back!