Fifth round: OT Oday Aboushi
April, 27, 2013
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
Lee Coleman/Icon SMIVirginia offensive tackle Oday Aboushi likely won't play as a rookie.PICK: Fifth round (141st overall)
PLAYER: Oday Aboushi
POSITION: Offensive tackle
What it means: Despite pressing needs at tight end, safety and wide receiver, the Jets picked another offensive lineman who likely who won't play as a rookie. (See: G Brian Winters, third round.) Aboushi was a three-year starter at Virginia, the first year at right tackle and the latter two at left tackle. He graded out at 90 percent last season, according to the Virginia coaches. He averaged 10 knockdown blocks per game. He needs to work on his upper-body strength, as he recorded only 17 reps on the 225-pound bench press at the combine. He was a team captain. He took a pre-draft visit to the Jets. He attended Xavarian High School in Brooklyn.
How he fits the offensive scheme: Aboushi projects as a right tackle because he lacks the necessary athleticism to play the left side, yet you wonder if he has the strength and run-blocking ability to excel as a strong-side tackle. He played some guard at the Senior Bowl for the first time.
Projected impact: This is Austin Howard insurance. Howard, coming off his first season as the starting right tackle, is playing on one-year contract and will be an unrestricted free agent. If Howard continues to develop -- the Jets are high on him -- it'll mean no role for Aboushi as a rookie. If nothing else, the Jets have improved their line depth over the last three days, drafting Aboushi and Winters and signing former Lions G Stephen Peterman.