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Nick Mangold

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 300 | College: Ohio State
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Regarded by many to be the premier center in the collegiate ranks, Mangold combines a great blend of power, speed and intelligence. The unquestioned leader of the Buckeyes' offense, offensive line coach Jim Bollman rates him on a par with former Buckeye All-American and 2001 Rimington Award winner LeCharles Bentley. Like Bentley, Mangold can also play guard and has been the team's iron man, logging over 300 minutes of action in each of his last three seasons.

Nick was a three-year starter on both offense and defense at Alter High School, hailing from the same hometown as All-America linebacker and teammate, A.J. Hawk. He was a first-team All-Ohio pick as a senior and considered one of the elite center prospects in the country. He also earned three letters in wrestling and two in track and field, competing in the shot put.

Mangold appeared in eight games as a true freshman, playing behind Alex Stepanovich at center. When Stepanovich suffered a knee injury vs. San Diego State in 2003, Mangold stepped into the starting lineup and never relinquished the job. When Stepanovich returned, he shifted to guard while Mangold continued to man the center position.

He earned second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2004, when the coaching staff named Mangold Offensive Lineman of the Week seven times and Offensive Player of the Week vs. Northwestern. Mangold was again chosen second-team All-Big Ten in 2005, but there was little argument from pro scouts that he was by far the best performer in the collegiate ranks at his position. He closed his career with 33 starts in 45 games.


Positives: Has a lean but muscular frame with good overall definition and room to add at least another 20 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness … Has natural, athletic moves and moves with great ease coming off the snap … Has very good knee bend and quickness breaking down in space, showing light feet and quick change of direction agility to mirror the defender and stay with the play … Shows explosive acceleration getting into the second level … Quick to get his hands up to gain position coming off the ball and combines good strength with proper hand punch to generate good pop on run blocks … Has the strength to maul defenders and gets good fits, playing with leverage while consistently getting up defensive linemen … Constantly keeps his feet shuffling and has the agility to recover when he overextends … Has enough body mass and power to get movement at the point of attack … Maintains position vs. the bull rush and is effective at sustaining and finishing his blocks … Very productive getting out on short traps and pulls, doing a nice job adjusting to movement and locating his target … Has the speed to look up linebackers downfield and has the natural hip snap to break down and adjust working in space … His hand speed and placement is exceptional, using his upper body strength to gain control and a solid punch to shock the defender … When he gets his hands into the defender's chest, he is very good at grabbing, pulling and jerking the opponent off balance … Has the foot quickness to shuffle, slide and adjust in his pass set, properly keeping his weight back while staying under control.

Negatives: Needs to add more bulk to his frame in order to face up to the massive nose guards at the pro level … Has good instincts, but will sometimes be late picking up the blitz … Has good hand usage on running plays, but needs to get his hands extended better when protecting on pass plays … His base will get narrow and he does not have the leg drive to maintain position vs. a strong bull rush … When he loses his rhythm, he can be beaten off the snap by a quick blitz … Good grabber, but gets flagged for a lot of holding penalties, as he does not disguise it too well.

Mangold is a smart, instinctive player with very good quickness coming off the snap. He has the hand speed and placement to get a good push on drive blocks, but will get his hands a little too wide at times when protecting the pass. He shows the feet to slide and retreat well to protect the pocket, but will duck his head at times, losing relationship with the defensive tackle.

Nick is a very effective trap-blocker who is quick to locate second level defenders, but even with his loose hips, he will get a little off balance when having to immediately change direction, needing to gather before redirecting. He is very athletic and he displays above average speed, quickness and body control. He does a good job making line calls and leading the offensive line.

Mangold has good explosion off the ball. When he gets too high in his stance, he gets pushed back, but maintains balance and control. He has good size and above average strength, doing a good job of using leverage, positioning and technique to match up. He has decent feet and short area quickness, along with the lateral quickness to slide and mirror in pass protection.

Nick is good at picking up stunts and has good pop and punch, but needs to be more consistent. He is at his best when he is uncovered and takes good angles to his blocks. He shows the quickness to reach block and works well with his guards to neutralize the linebackers. He does a good job pulling on trap plays and screens, as he has the speed to easily mirror defenders.

Mangold is more of a push and position blocker rather than one who will blow up defenders. He has the ability to get into the second level better than any other center in this draft. While he can also play guard, I see him being an instant contributor at the center position.

Career Notes

The only offensive lineman to log over 300 minutes of action in each of the last three seasons, putting together a string of 33 consecutive starts.

2005 Season

All-America second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … Added second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors … Nominated for the Outland Trophy and was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, given to the best center in college football … Started every game at center, helping the offense generate 5,068 yards, an average of 422.3 yards per game … Graded 84.3 percent for blocking consistency, as he did not allow any sacks and was charged with only one quarterback pressure … Served as offensive team co-captain.

2005 Game Analysis

Miami, Ohio … Made seven knockdowns as the offense totaled 382 yards, taking down defensive tackle John Glavin to give QB Justin Zwick time to hit Santonio Holmes with a

20-yard touchdown pass that capped a 12-play, 74-yard drive in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition -- MLB Derek Rehage-One assisted tackle.

Texas … Made a key block that leveled defensive tackle Rodrique Wright as QB Troy Smith rolled out of the pocket to find Santonio Holmes with a 36-yard scoring pass that finished an 80-yard, 9-play drive in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition -- NG Frank Okam-Three tackles (2 solos), one pressure.

San Diego State … Followed with seven knockdowns as the team gained 375 yards … Head to Head Competition -- NG Jonathan Bailes-Two tackles (1 solo), one forced fumble.

Iowa … Emerged victorious from a fierce battle with All-America middle linebacker Abdul Hodge, keeping the defender out of the backfield all day as the offense exploded for 530 yards … Leveled Hodge to spring QB Troy Smith for a 16-yard scoring run that capped a 6-play, 79-yard drive in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition -- MLB Abdul Hodge-Nine tackles (4 solos), one forced fumble.

Penn State … The offensive line allowed five quarterback sacks as the team managed only 230 yards in total offense … Head to Head Competition -- MLB Tim Shaw-Three assisted tackles.

Michigan State … Had eight knockdowns, upending defensive tackle Brandon McKinney on a 57-yard scoring pass from Troy Smith to Ted Ginn Jr. in the third quarter, but the offense was limited to 249 yards … Head to Head Competition -- NG Domata Peko-Four tackles (1 solo).

Indiana … Took down defensive end Ben Ishola on a 23-yard touchdown run by Troy Smith in the third quarter, finishing with nine knockdowns as the Buckeyes totaled 478 yards … Head to Head Competition -- NG Russ Richardson-Two tackles (1 solo).

Minnesota … Made seven knockdowns, but middle linebacker Mike Sherels got into OSU's backfield twice to register tackles for losses of 1-yard each vs. tailback Antonio Pittman in the third quarter and QB Troy Smith in the fourth … Head to Head Competition -- MLB Mike Sherels-Seven tackles (4 solos), two stops for minus-2 yards.

Illinois … Graded a season-high 91 percent for blocking consistency and produced 10 knockdowns with touchdown-resulting blocks on defensive end Sirod Williams, on a 41-yard scoring pass from Troy Smith to Santonio Holmes in the second quarter, and nose guard Ryan Matha, clearing the way for a 16-yard scoring run by tailback Antonio Pittman in the third quarter … The Buckeyes finished with 526 yards … Head to Head Competition -- NG Ryan Matha-One assisted tackle.

Northwestern … Took down Barry Cofield to open a path used by Troy Smith for a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and later leveled linebacker Tim McGarigle on Antonio Pittman's 4-yard scoring burst in the third quarter as the Buckeyes collected 422 yards … Head to Head Competition -- MLB Tim McGarigle-Seven tackles (4 solos).

Michigan … Knocked down nose guard Gabe Watson eight times, including once on a 4-yard touchdown run by Troy Smith that concluded an 80-yard, 13-play drive in the first quarter, helping OSU gain 418 yards … Head to Head Competition -- NG Gabe Watson-One solo tackle, one fumble recovery.

Notre Dame (Fiesta Bowl) … Closed his career with nine knockdowns, leveling linebacker Brandon Hoyte to kill a blitz on Troy Smith's 85-yard scoring bomb to Santonio Holmes … The Irish defense allowed the Buckeyes to amass 617 yards … Head to Head Competition -- NG Trevor Laws-One assisted tackle.

2004 Season

Second-team All-Big Ten Conference choice … Candidate for the Rimington Award … Saw action in 333 minutes, most of any OSU offensive lineman … Named Offensive Player of the Week by the OSU coaching staff following the Northwestern game and was the Offensive Lineman of the Week following the North Carolina State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and Oklahoma State games … Started every game except vs. Michigan State, collecting 63 knockdowns for an offense that averaged 320.8 yards per game.

2004 Game Analysis

North Carolina State … Made six knockdowns, leveling defensive tackle John McCargo on a 3-yard scoring run by tailback Lydell Ross.

Northwestern … Earned team Offensive Player of the Week honors, as he registered nine knockdowns while providing stellar pass protection … Crashed into defensive tackle Luis Castillo, knocking the defender to the ground on a 2-yard scoring run by Lydell Ross in the third quarter.

Wisconsin … Followed with seven knockdowns.

Iowa … Flipped defensive end Matt Roth to the ground as QB Troy Smith rolled out of the pocket to find tight end Rory Nicol with a 23-yard touchdown pass.

Michigan State … Knocked defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson to the ground, clearing a path used by Ted Ginn Jr. for a 17-yard touchdown run on a reverse in the first quarter … The Buckeyes gained 307 yards.

Michigan … Introduced rush end Pierre Woods to the ground with a chop block on Troy Smith's third quarter 12-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes, finishing with six knockdowns as the offense generated 446 yards.

2003 Season

Took over for starter Alex Stepanovich in the second half of the San Diego State game when Stepanovich suffered a knee injury … Started the final 11 games of the season with Stepanovich moving to guard when he returned from injury … Played in all 13 games and totaled 341 minutes - the sixth highest figure on the team … Developed into one of the Buckeyes' most consistent offensive linemen.

2002 Season

Took advantage of an early opportunity and worked his way up to second on the depth chart at center behind Alex Stepanovich … Appeared in eight games and played key minutes during the last half of the Big Ten season … Logged 20 or more minutes in the final seven regular-season games … His emergence at center allowed Stepanovich to spend time at guard and greatly enhanced the depth up front.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.96 in the 40-yard dash … 415-pound bench press … 605-pound squat … 345-pound power clean … 29-inch vertical jump … 32-inch arm length … 10-inch hands … Right-handed.

Combine: 5.05 in the 40-yard dash … 2.9 20-yard dash … 1.74 10-yard dash … Bench-pressed 225 pounds 24 times … 27.5-inch vertical jump … 8'8" broad jump … 4.36 20-yard shuttle … 7.47 three-cone drill … 31 7/8-inch arm length … 10 3/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Alter (Kettering, Oh.) High School, playing football for head coach Ed Domsitz …

Three-year starter on both offense and defense … First-team All-Ohio pick as a senior and considered one of the elite center prospects in the country … Also earned three letters in wrestling and two in track and field, competing in the shot put.


Business major … Uncle, Doug Hamlin, swam for Ohio State in the early 1990s … Oldest of four children of Therese and Vernon Mangold … Born 1/13/84 … Resides in Centerville, Ohio.


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