Oday Aboushi is a fifth round draft pick with the 141st overall pick of the NFL 2013 draft. He did not play one game last season, due to injuries and a poor preseason.
Aboushi is the Jets reserve offense tackle, but suffered an injury on September 19 of the 2013 season in practice. Since then, he should have had enough time to prepare for the upcoming 2014 season.
Aboushi Rough Preseason:
Aboushi showed poor foot work and had a subpar game. He allowed a strip sack on Greg McElroy, and Aboushi was losing the battle in the trenches and getting pushed back. He was also called on two penalties during the game.
Aboushi had another terrible game. The penalties were starting to become a problem, as he recorded three this game.
He improved and played better this game. Aboushi played 87 snaps during the sixty minutes. This was the last preseason game, where no starters play, bust he showed a lot of improvement in his mechanics. Still, remember that he was playing against players who didn’t make the team.
Is Aboushi a starter in 2014?
ESPN Jets beat writer Rich Cimini wrote an article on February 4,2014. He thinks the Jets are hoping either William Campbell or Oday Aboushi can step up and be a starter in 2014.
This, to me, is a reach at this point and would be a mistake. I’m sure that Aboushi must have improved from last August’s preseason games. However, there is some other information that needs to be addressed.
On March 12, the Jets signed free agent Breno Giacomini, a right tackle from the Seahawks. The Jets also pursued Chargers offensive guard Rich Ohrnberger, and brought him in for a visit. Ohrnberger ended up resigning with the Chargers.
The Jets are not looking to start Aboushi based on their free agency moves. I expect to see them draft a few linemen this year, though it would be pleasant surprise for Aboushi to improve enough to start.
My prediction on Aboushi’s future is that he going to the practice squad, unless he shows huge improvement from last training camp.
Was Aboushi A Poor Draft Pick?
Based on the fact that he a fifth rounder, I say no. His college career was a good one.
Aboushi attended Virginia, where he played for the Cavaliers football team from 2009 to 2012. During his college career, he started 37 of 43 games in which he appeared. As a senior in 2012, he was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection.
Aboushi Scouting Report From College:
STRENGTHS: Experienced at both left and right tackle. Shows initial quickness off the snap. Gets a strong initial punch onto the defender and possesses the heavy hands to latch on and control his opponent. Extremely physical and aggressive player. Looks to dominate his target and will pancake or drive him deep downfield whenever he can. Rolls his hips into contact and keeps his legs churning to knock defenders off the ball. .
WEAKNESSES: Relies more on his size and physicality to compensate for a lack of ideal athleticism. Lacks the light feet and balance to remain at left tackle in the NFL, struggling a bit with speed rushers and counter moves. Will over-compensate to the outside and leave open cut-back lanes between he and his guard. Plays to and through the whistle, drawing needless penalties at times.
They say draft picks are assets. Aboushi has been more of a liability. It’s early and I believe with a strong effort in OTA and training camp, he will settle and improve. However, the question is if the improvement will be enough for this season.
I expect him to be ready for 2015 season, but 2014 might be a stretch.