Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Draft close-up: OL Oday Aboushi
By Rich Cimini
Previewing this weekend's rookie minicamp, we continue to look at the Jets' draft picks:
Player: Oday Aboushi, fifth round
Position: Offensive line
Projected impact: Aboushi played left tackle at Virginia, but another UVA alum -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson -- mans that spot for the Jets. Aboushi projects as a right tackle and, possibly, a guard. This will be a learning year for Aboushi, who should be able to compete for playing time in 2014. Either way, he's happy to be home. He attended Xaverian High School in Brooklyn and lives on Staten Island.
On his excitement playing for his hometown team: "I don't think I can put it into words, how excited I am to be a New York Jet, to be with my hometown team. [I'm happy] just to have the opportunity to play with such a great team in New York and kind of just try to add what I can bring to the team."
On working with Ferguson: "I'm hoping to hear from him and kind of see what he's got to say. You know, working with a fellow Wahoo is always good, and I'm sure he'll teach me the ways and kind of, you know, continue that brotherhood as we were taught at Virginia. I'm excited to work with him and hopefully I'll be hearing from him soon."
On the University of Virginia producing a lot of offensive linemen: "We take pride in being the offensive line at Virginia, being labeled 'Offensive Line U' and having people like D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Eugene Monroe [and] Branden Albert, guys like that with great offensive-line production. We take pride in it."
On whether he feels that he improved his NFL draft stock by playing some guard at the Senior Bowl: "I felt like I could've gotten better. I think playing some guard, it kind of felt a little different for the first time ever playing guard. I think I did pretty well at it. I think it helps in certain ways."
On how he feels about playing with West Virginia's Geno Smith: "I think he’s a great player, a tremendous talent. I think he'll come in [and] he's ready to compete. [There are] a lot of athletes coming out of college that are ready to do NFL stuff. I think he's a talented kid and he'll come in ready to work."