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Jets select T Aboushi in fifth round

Football player Oday Aboushi, left, helps distribute presents

Football player Oday Aboushi, left, helps distribute presents to people affected by superstorm Sandy in Staten Island, a neighborhood he once hung out in while growing up in New York. (Dec. 22, 2012) Credit: AP

There's just something the Jets like about UVA left tackles.

The team selected Oday Aboushi -- a former Virginia Cavalier like D'Brickashaw Ferguson -- in the fifth round (141st overall) of Saturday's NFL draft.

The Staten Island native is the second offensive lineman taken by the Jets in this draft. On Friday, they took former Kent State guard Brian Winters in the third round -- just hours before signing free-agent guard Stephen Peterman.

The 6-5, 308-pound Aboushi played left tackle during his collegiate career but worked out at both guard and tackle during his pre-draft visit with the Jets. Although he was expected to go in the second or third round, he always felt the Jets were a possibility.

“I had a great visit with them,” Aboushi said on a conference call, before adding that new offensive line coach Mike Devlin “has some ideas for me.” “When I left, I felt very positive.”

Offensive line was a major area of concern when the offseason began, but the depth chart is far more crowded now. In addition to Ferguson and center Nick Mangold, the Jets have Vladimir Ducasse, Willie Colon, Caleb Schlauderaff, Winters, Peterman and Aboushi.

But Richmond-based scout Michael Davis said that depth is a good thing.

Davis, who lives about an hour from UVA, repeatedly described Aboushi as a good kid and good player.

“We feel like we got a steal in the fifth round,” he said. “Tough. (He) fills some needs for us. We feel like we added some depth to our offensive line. Great kid…We feel real good about him.”

Asked about playing for a hometown team, Aboushi said: “I don’t think I could put it into words.”

As for learning from a former Cavalier, the rookie said of Ferguson: “I’m hoping to hear from him and see what he has to say. …I’m sure he’ll teach me the ways and continue the brotherhood.” 

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