Jets fans may have thought they had stepped into an alternate universe when the Jets went all defense in round, but John Idzik made sure to bring it back around and go all offense to round out the draft.
Yesterday they drafted quarterback Geno Smith, guard Brian Winters and traded a fourth round pick to the Saints for running back Chris Ivory, today it was two offensive lineman and a fullback/H-back.
The Jets had to be patient today as they had to sit through the entire fourth round and into the fifth before they could select a player and when it was their turn in the fifth round they drafted Oday Aboushi (grew up in Brooklyn) from the University of Virginia.
“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.” Aboushi said, “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.”
Aboushi played right tackle in college, but projects to be a better fit inside at guard where he will join Willie Colon, Winters and sixth round pick Will Campbell in competition for the two guard spots (yes technically Vlad Ducasse is still in the mix but he’s likely to lose such a competition).
“I really don’t know (what position he’ll play) yet. 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.” Aboushi said, “I know Coach (Mike) Devlin has some ideas for me and I’m willing to work with what he’s got.”
Campbell played defensive tackle at the University of Michigan but the Jets drafted him to convert to an offensive lineman. The Jets are obviously set at left tackle and center and they feel good about Austin Howard at right tackle, but clearly John Idzik is going to make sure whoever wins the guards spots earned it through competition.
On a conference call with reporters today Campbell said he hasn’t played guard since, “the second half of my sophomore season,” but believes he can make the switch to the other side of the line.
“I feel it is (a transition he can make).” Campbell said. “Defensive guys can come over and play guard because I played both ways in high school and the transition was from one series to the next, so I feel like it will be a good transition with help from coaches.”
With their seventh round, and final, pick the Jets drafted fullback/H-back Tommy Bohanon from Wake Forest. The most impressive stat on Bohanon has to be his 36 bench-reps at the NFL combine (that’s the best I can do for you right now, admittedly I didn’t do any scouting on fullbacks or Wake Forest for that matter).
While the Jets may have used their last pick in this year’s draft, their work today is far from done as they are expected to be active shoppers in the undrafted rookie free agent pool. Which is good news for fans that were hoping for every hole to be magically filled because there’s an awful lot of talent still out there just waiting to get scooped up.