STRENGTHS: Tall left tackle with a growing frame. Flashes attitude to multiple punches and will take his man to the ground if he gets him off-balance. Takes his man downfield a few yards when he feels he has the physical advantage on a run play. Possesses good enough recovery speed to cut off spin moves. Mobile enough to lead run plays outside, can hit targets in space standing up or cutting them down. Good positional run blocker on the edge, can seal inside or outside to create lanes.
WEAKNESSES: Not an elite athlete, can be out-quicked on the edge though he usually recovers against college defenders. Will pop up out of his stance when laying back in pass pro (typically if tired) and continue to stay high throughout the play. Stops his feet when punching on occasion, or if his man hesitates, allowing secondary rushes. NFL COMPARISON Eben Britton
BOTTOM LINE: The son of Palestinian parents has started on both sides of the line due to his build and determination. Improving his foot quickness when facing NFL-caliber rushers during the 2012 season and in his post-season work would aid his cause as a top 75 pick and project him as a sure-fire starter at left tackle. (Note: Analysis from NFL.com profile).
Aboushi is a local kid and is thought to be another guy who would be best suited to a zone blocking scheme. He played left tackle in college and was a projected second round pick at the start of last year, but his stock slid after the Senior Bowl where his was said to have struggled with his technique. He would likely project to right tackle in the NFL, or maybe even guard and apparently worked at both positions during the pre-draft process.
While Austin Howard and D'Brickashaw Ferguson would seem to have the starting roles locked down, the Jets did need some depth at the position because the only other tackles they have on the roster are Dennis Landolt and DJ Young. Landolt was ahead of Howard on the depth chart last year in camp, but has struggled to stay healthy, whereas Young failed to win a spot with the Arizona Cardinals who had some of the worst tackle play in the league last year.