The Jets infused some much needed talent on their offensive line with the addition of Brian Winters in the previous round and Stephen Peterman through free agency. However, not content with the configuration of the line, the Jets continued to stockpile lineman with the selection of Virginia’s Oday Aboushi.
So, Who Exactly Is He?
Weight: 308 pounds
225-pound Bench: 17
40-yard dash: 5.45
20-yard shuttle: 4.84
Arm Length: 33 ⅞″
Hand Length: 10 ⅝″
Birthday: June 5, 1991
The Staten Island native played at Xaverian High School as an offensive and defensive lineman, and was a starter all four years. He was named to the second-team all-tate as an O-Lineman during his senior year. The National Honor Society member was a four star prospect by Rivals.
At Virginia, Aboushi saw limited action his first year, appearing in six games. He saw his playing time gradually increase, including a solid outing late season against Clemson. In 2010, he was started all 12 games for Virginia, five at right tackle and the remaining at left tackle. He was named the ACC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Cavaliers’ win over Richmond. In 2011, Virginia improved to 8-5 on the year and made an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, a loss against Auburn. Aboushi started all 13 games and was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice.
2012 saw Oday again start all 12 games for the Cavaliers at left tackle, and he was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following a stellar performance against Penn State. Overall, the offensive line struggled in 2012 for the Cavaliers with Aboushi serving as one of the few consistent bright spots. He received All-ACC honors and graded out above 90% in every game, while averaging 10 knockdown blocks. He was an early invitee to the Senior Bowl where he played at guard on a handful of snaps for the first time.
His length and height serve as two of his biggest strengths as he can throw his blocker off balance, he plays relatively well in space and has nice recovery speed. He’s known for his run blocking and ability to create lanes for the runner. He could stand to gain some upper body strength and he needs to consistently keep his pads low to avoid being pushed out of plays.
Aboushi was excited to join the Jets saying, “I don’t think I can put into words how excited I am to be a New York Jet, to be with my hometown team.”
In regards to where the Jets may place him on the offensive line, given the left and right tackle positions are currently occupied by D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Austin Howard respectively, Aboushi is unconcerned. “I’m going to play any position, wherever I’m needed to play, whatever is going to help the team be better and help the line come together as a group.”
We’ve gone from wondering what will become of Slauson and Moore’s spots to having a plethora of players who could step in and play at any time at multiple positions. Aboushi’s strengths lies at the tackle position and he could theoretically serve as back-up insurance in case the Austin Howard experiment begins to peter out. That said, the Jets aren’t afraid to move their lineman around, and newly named offensive line coach Mike Devlin certainly wouldn’t be opposed to moving Aboushi to guard, a position he’s still relatively new to.
There’s still some uncertainty surrounding the development of Howard, Vlad Ducasse and the health of Willie Colon. I can appreciate the Jets thinking ahead and beefing up their offensive line with guys they can hopefully mold into solid depth players or starters. Aboushi seems to have the physical talents and attributes to make an impact at some point, it’ll just be a matter of putting it all together.