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Monday, July 18, 2011
AFC East's best: No. 5 Nick Mangold


The countdown of my top 25 AFC East players continues, one weekday at a time ...

Mangold
Mangold
About the choice: Nick Mangold is considered the NFL's best center and anchors one of the most effective offensive lines. He has been selected to the past three Pro Bowls and has been voted first-team All-Pro two seasons in a row. The Jets averaged 148.4 rushing yards a game and amassed the fourth-most ground yards in club history. STATS Inc. has charged Mangold with only eight sacks allowed in his career. Over the past two seasons he has allowed three sacks and committed five penalties.

Key fact: Mangold has started all 87 games, including the postseason, since he entered the league as the 29th overall draft choice in 2006.

Hint about No. 4: He has been to three Pro Bowls.

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