This Lions Starter Will Be First to Lose Starting Job

Detroit Lions guard Oday Aboushi
Detroit Lions guard Oday Aboushi | Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions re-signed former New York Jets fifth-rounder Oday Aboushi to a one-year deal with the expectation he could hold down the right guard spot.

Aboushi, who has fought for a starting spot every year he's been in the league, was decent in the limited action he saw in Detroit last season, but he faces stern competition from two rookies that could end up pushing him to the bench by the end of the season.

The Lions used two quality draft picks on the interior of their offensive line, picking up Ohio State's Jonah Jackson and Kentucky's Logan Stenberg in the fourth round. Stenberg looks like a terrific mauler in the run game, while Jackson only allowed one sack in college despite over 1,000 pass blocking snaps.

Aboushi might be pencilled in as the starter, but Lions fans should count on one of those draft picks emerging as a starter sooner rather than later.

Aboushi has proven to be, at the very least, a competent guard in the NFL, but both Jackson and Stenberg have much higher ceilings than the former Cavalier. In a perfect world, one of those picks will emerge as a quality long-term starter, which would lead to them taking over a starting spot as Aboushi heads to the bench.