|NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Virginia OT Oday Aboushi||03.26.13 at 12:15 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one of a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots make a selection.
Position: Offensive tackle
Weight: 310 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-ACC first team (AP, coaches), 2011 All-ACC second team
What he brings: Aboushi’s height and ability to drag his defender to the ground has been identified as one of his key attributes. Analysts also note that Aboushi has very good recovery speed and is able to cut off spin moves. He has experience at both left and right tackle, and he shows some quickness off of the snap. Scouts have pointed out his physicality and aggressiveness, as well as his ability to move his man downfield, enabling the running back to have open field.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 3
Notes: Aboushi is one of 10 children. One of his brothers, Aymen, was a standout defensive lineman at Fordham in the early 2000s. Both of his parents were born in Palestine and speak Arabic occasionally. … He started all 37 games during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
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Video: Here’s a look at Aboushi in action vs. North Carolina in 2012.
|Former BC recruit Oday Aboushi meets with Patriots||02.22.13 at 3:30 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Virginia offensive tackle Oday Aboushi has gotten the Patriots’ attention, as he said Friday that he met with them “for quite a bit,” but it isn’t the first time he’s been in talks to play in New England.
Aboushi was originally committed to Boston College before then-coach Jeff Jagodzinski was fired. With the program up in the air, Aboushi decomitted and went to Virginia, where he had a successful career as a starting left tackle.
“Their coaching staff when they had that change up, I would call and ask questions and hopefully try to get some answers to see where the program was headed or who was next. That couldn’t be answered for most of the time,” Aboushi said of his decision to decommit. “I didn’t feel like I could get solid answers from the coaching staff or from the personnel that was still there, so I decided to start my recruiting trail again and I wanted to start this journey on a good foot.”
Aboushi measured in at the combine at 6-foot-5 6/8 and 308 pounds. He started his sophomore as a right tackle before moving to left tackle, where he prefers to stay. That might not be what ultimately happens, as many project him to play right tackle or possibly guard at the next level.
He got some guard experience in in his week at the Senior Bowl, and said teams have spoken to him about playing both tackle and guard. Aboushi said there’s “not much of a difference” going from left tackle to right tackle, and that he’d be fine doing it.
One of 10 children to his Palestinian-born parents, Aboushi observes Ramadan, a month of fasting in the Muslim calendar. This year, Ramadan is set to run from July 8 to Aug. 8, but Aboushi insisted it would not interfere with training camps, saying that he would eat if need be.
“It won’t affect training camp at all,” he said. “The point of Ramadan is to be to humble, not to starve yourself or to put yourself in a health risk. Ramadan will be in the summer this year. If two-a-days come around and it’s 110 degrees and obviously it’s not safe to fast, so you’re able to make up the days. It’s not like you do or die by the fast. It’s a very lenient religion. You just make up the days when you have time.”