Once considered to be a top NFL prospect, Shawn Oakman now has larger matters on his plate than a career in football. The former Baylor star has been indicted on sexual assault charges by a Waco, Texas grand jury, as Rissa Shaw of KCEN writes.
Oakman was arrested in April for allegedly raping a female Baylor student. The incident happened just a couple of weeks before the NFL Draft, leading all 32 teams to steer clear of the defensive end. Oakman maintains that his contact with the accuser was consensual.
Even before the alleged assault, Oakman’s draft stock wasn’t terribly high. Oakman turned heads in 2014 when he led Baylor with 11 sacks (a school record) and recorded 19.5 tackles for loss in 13 games. However, he only racked up 4.5 sacks in 2015 as a senior and started his year off with a suspension. When the news broke, Oakman went from being a late Day 2/Day 3 prospect to off-the-board for most teams. It also didn’t help that a police report from 2013 emerged in which an ex-girlfriend alleged that she was physically abused during an argument.
The muscle-bound 6-foot-8, 287-pound defensive end was named a third-team All-American in 2015, despite his so-so season.
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