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Shawne Merriman -- Shawn Oakman's Rape Allegation Hurts Draft Stock ... Even If He's Innocent

Shawne Merriman Shawn Oakman's Rape Allegation Hurts Draft Stock ... Even If He's Innocent

4/8/2016 3:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shawn Oakman lost millions of dollars this week ... even if he's INNOCENT ... this according to Shawne Merriman who says just an allegation alone can destroy an NFL prospect's draft stock. 

Oakman -- who was regarded as a top NFL prospect -- is being investigated for a possible sexual assault in Waco, TX over the weekend ... but has denied any wrongdoing. He has not been arrested or charged with a crime. 

But Merriman -- who spent 7 years in the NFL -- says the damage to Oakman's draft stock has already been done. 

"Even if it's not true, or even if he is acquitted, teams still look at him as a bad apple and nobody really wants that in an organization."

He added, "Right now is the worst time you can get in trouble for anything."

It's true ... just ask La'el Collins -- who took a HUGE hit in last year's NFL draft when police announced they wanted to speak with him about the shooting death of a woman he was once romantically linked to. 

Collins -- who was supposed to be a Top 15 pick -- was never arrested or charged with a crime ... but didn't get drafted at all and ended up signing a free agent contract with the Cowboys for much less than he was worth. 

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