At Ohio State, Nick Mangold was a three year starter at center, taking over the job in his sophmore year. He went on to earn All Big-Ten honors in both his junior and senior year.
He played well at the subsequent Senior Bowl, and was highly regarded going into the 2006 draft, and was chosen in the first round by the Jets, with the 29th pick overall. The Jets rebuilt the offensive line that year, as they picked D’Brickashaw Ferguson earlier in the round.
Nick is 6’4″ tall and weighs in at 307 pounds. Since his arrival in 2006, he has started at center in every game, only missing 2 games last year. He is the captain of the line, making all of the offensive line calls, and they are lost without him. Look at the two games he missed in 2011, the line had no clue what it was doing, and Mark Sanchez looked almost as if he had lost his best friend. He nearly earned MVP honors for the Jets without even playing, his valuable was so obvious in those two games.
He is arguable the best center in the game today, and reaps the rewards. He has made the Pro Bowl every year since 2009, and has been named All-Pro every year since 2009.
His health is key to the Jets resurgence in 2012. Center, Nick Mangold.