A Look Back at John Idzik’s Inaugural New York Jets’ Season: Draft Rounds Five, Six and Seven


Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets fullback Tommy Bohanon (40) runs with the ball after catching a pass during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2013 season in the books from the New York Jets, we have been looking back over the past couple of days. Specifically, looking back at the first season of general manager John Idzik. What did he do well? What were some things that he might want back? We are going to look at all of it.

We started by looking at round one of the draft.  Yesterday, we looked at the choices in rounds two and three.  Now, time to move ahead and review the last three picks of John Idzik’s first draft:

ODAY ABOUSHI AND WILLIAM CAMPBELL: In the fifth and sixth rounds, Idzik took Aboushi and Campbell, from Virginia and Michigan, respectively. We take these two together because their stories for 2013 are quite similar.

Aboushi was taken as depth along the offensive line, as was Campbell, Campbell being a converted defensive lineman. Campbell is being looked at as a guard, which makes his jersey assignment, #65, ironic, since it was Brandon Moore’s number.

These two guys showed enough to make the team, but as we know, they didn’t play in any games. Therefore, although I don’t like to do it, the grade has to be…………………..INCOMPLETE.

TOMMY BOHANON: With their final pick, the choice was Tommy Bohanon from Wake Forest. A fullback. This was one that people, including myself, questioned. Why draft a fullback? They drafted “The Terminator”, and how did that work out? You can get a fullback as a free agent, not every team even has one. It would be easy. Why draft one?

But as he performed on the field, he showed himself to be a worthy choice. It’s hard to quantify how good a blocker is, so here is why I say it. The Jets were second in the AFC with an average of 134.9 yards per game on the ground. As much as Marty loves to throw the football, the Jets were second in the conference in rushing. Some of that credit has to go to the fullback in that offense.

He also ran the ball 17 times for 62 yards, and caught 11 passes for 69 yards. Not bad for a guy chosen to play a blocking position, at the end of the draft.

But, he never did anything special. For that, he gets a grade for now of………….B+, because he DID start every game.