Second Place – Nick Mangold (2006 – 2016)
Nick Mangold (unfortunately, he does not have a prominent nickname) definitely needs to be on this list and makes a strong case for second place. The 2006 first-round draft pick made it based on how integral a part of the Jets offensive line success he was during their deep playoff runs.
As one of the best centers to play in New York Jets history (Kevin Mawae is still the best in my opinion), Mangold was advanced at understanding the entire offensive lines blocking assignments. He redirected the entire o-line when the defensive front made a shift. Mangold was exceptional at picking up delayed blitzes, and having great hand and footwork when it came to blocking.
The seven-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro was reliable and consistent throughout his entire career. Mangold only committed 20 penalties and fumbled the ball seven times throughout his career 10-year career.
This may not seem impressive, but looking at his snap count (4462 snaps from 2012) puts it into perspective. And just as an FYI, it seems that the recording of snap counts began in 2012 (I believe someone took the time to review Brick’s), so if we doubled that number because we are missing his 2006-2011 seasons, the likelihood of Mangold causing a mistake would be less than 1%.
Lastly, Mangold was durable throughout most of his career with some injuries sprinkled in here and there. Unfortunately, during his last season in particular with the Jets (2016 season), he missed many games due to multiple ankle injuries, making him incapable of finishing his last season with the Jets.
That does not change how his career should be evaluated.
As I stated about Brick, the o-line is rarely acknowledged by the fans for their hard work on the field. It is a grueling job for lineman to constantly fight in the trenches and create openings for the running back, or protect the quarterback while they make a pass. So because of the durability, consistency, and leadership, Mangold is absolutely a Top 3 2010’s Jet.