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Virginia Cavalier tackle Oday Aboushi's draft stock has fluctuated anywhere from first round to third round. Right now, it rests in the second round.
Throughout his senior season at Virginia, Aboushi's strong play found him in the first round of many mocks, most recently projected by SB Nation to the Indianapolis Colts in early January. Then, a poor performance at the 2013 Senior Bowl negatively affected his draft stock. CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang says the following of Aboushi' s weaknesses:
Relies more on his size and physicality to compensate for a lack of ideal athleticism. Lacks the light feet and balance to remain at left tackle in the NFL, struggling a bit with speed rushers and counter moves. Will over-compensate to the outside and leave open cut-back lanes between he and his guard.
Implicitly stated in that Aboushi relies to heavily on his size and strength is the fact that he is very big and very strong. Aboushi measures in at 6-foot-6, 310 lbs. He committed to the Virginia Cavaliers as a three-star recruit from Brooklyn. He started every game for the Cavaliers since his sophomore year, at left tackle for the past two years.
SB Nation's Dan Kadar ranks Aboushi as his 5th rated tackle prospect and his 44th prospect overall.
Aboushi is described as a raw talent right now, but all the tools are there for a promising NFL career. SB Nation's Jeff Briggs sums up Aboushi's draft day stock in his scouting report, saying the the following:
There is no doubt Aboushi needs to improve and his Senior Bowl didn't exactly help, but he still has the tools to succeed and will likely be selected in second or third round. Most experts project him as a right tackle in the NFL.
If Aboushi can display the talent and strength at the Combine that he displayed all-year long at Virginia, his draft stock could very likely again move back into the first round.