Baylor’s football team is known for its high-powered offense, but the Bears have a couple of elite defensive draft prospects in tackle Andrew Billings and end Shawn Oakman.
Billings is a projected first-round pick, while Oakman, at 6-8, 280, is a physical freak. He had 11 sacks as a junior but only 4.5 as a senior. He also finished without a tackle in the final game of his career, a 49-38 Citrus Bowl win over North Carolina.
So, can Oakman be a good pass rusher in the NFL?
“Oh, definitely. Definitely,” Billings said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “His length and the way he leans, he’s so tall and he gets low. So his lean and the reach he has coming around that pocket – he’ll snatch a quarterback by his beck if he needs to.”
Billings, a 6-1, 310-pounder, loved playing with Oakman.
“It was great,” he said. “He’s a hard worker every play. When it comes to the run game, he stops that edge from moving. It works out for me. That’s really how I came with so many tackles for losses. They had nowhere to go.”
Oakman, as you may have seen, loves to show off his abs. DA wondered if Oakman has to work for that or if he’s just naturally cut.
“I think he has to work out for that,” Billings said. “Being that tall and as strong as he is, yeah, you have to work for that. That was not given to him. He loves the weight room so it’s perfect for him.”
The only downside of playing with Oakman? He makes you feel – or look – a lot smaller than you really are.
“Every picture with him in it, (I look) 5-2,” Billings joked. “But on the field, it felt good.”