As we make our way toward the draft, we continue our countdown of the top five Jets’ draft picks in the 2000’s. Heck, enough is said about the miscues we have made in the draft, it’s nice to celebrate our successes, isn’t it? Not enough of the “experts” do that, so it is my job to take care of that. With pleasure.
And now, the second best draft pick of the 2000’s. We know him, and we know his beard. He is one of the most talented, important members of this team. You know who it is, the number two choice is:
Chosen in the first round of the 2006 draft along with D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick has shown his value to the team, both on the field and off. He has started every game since he put on a Jets uniform aside from the two games he missed due to injury.
Remember those two games he missed? Mark Sanchez looked like a guy that lost his best friend in those games, and with good reason. Colin Baxter, Nick’s backup, looked like he didn’t belong on a football field, much less an NFL football field. Nick was almost the MVP of the team after those two games.
Mangold has been to the Pro Bowl 4 times, and is a three time All-Pro. D’Brickashaw may be an anchor of this Jets’ offensive line, but Nick Mangold is THE anchor of the offensive line. To quote Reggie Jackson from the 1970’s, Nick Mangold is “The straw that stirs the drink.”
This team would fall completely apart without Nick Mangold. He handles all of the calls on the offensive line, and he makes this group go forward. And that is why he is a no-brainer to make this list.
I think you all know who the number one player is going to be, but I will bring it to you anyway. Stay tuned.