04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 7/226 - David Molk, C, 6-1, 298, Michigan...Was named the 2011 Rimington Trophy winner as the nation's best center. Molk was a four-year starter, although it remains to be seen if his size translates into the NFL. - The Sports Xchange
A four-year starter, Molk was a highly-regarded recruit out of high school, choosing Michigan over Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin. After redshirting in 2007, he won the starting center job in 2008 as a redshirt freshman and started all 12 games. Molk battled injuries in 2009 as a sophomore and missed most of the season, starting just four games. He returned healthy in 2010 as a junior and started every game as a Rimington Award finalist, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors. Molk had his best season in 2011 as a senior captain (13 starts), earning First Team All-American and All-Big Ten honors and was the recipient of the Rimington Award (nation's top center).
Molk doesn't look like much, but he is very aggressive and plays bigger than he appears -- lacks elite physical tools, but you can't measure heart and desire. He has 42 career starts under his belt and worked through several different offensive systems in Ann Arbor -- battle tested and smart, seasoned veteran. Molk has poor base strength and won't be for everyone at the next level (scheme-specific), but he is quick, scrappy and competitive with pro intangibles and work ethic -- a third or early fourth round prospect who is ideally suited for a zone blocking scheme and does have NFL starting potential.
Strengths: A balanced, coordinated athlete who sets up quickly and gets in position with nice burst off the snap and good feet. Covers a lot of ground with good lateral shuffle and range to get to the second level easily -- natural movement skills with smooth footwork to block in space or pull. Built low to the ground and understands leverage, using his lack of height to his advantage. Smart with very good awareness and keeps his head on a swivel. Blocks with a wide base and does a nice job with blocking angles and body positioning. Physical at the point of attack and plays with a tough, intense temperament -- fights through the whistle and leaves it all on the field. A hard, tireless worker and gets the most out of his ability -- obvious passion for the game. Has a high football IQ with very good starting experience (42 career starts) in multiple offensive systems. A high character player and vocal team leader -- very good competitor and loves to finish. Has very good work ethic and is very coachable -- team-first guy who leads by example.
Weaknesses: Undersized with limited growth potential -- lacks elite measureables for the next level. Doesn't have a stout anchor and can be driven backward -- often overwhelmed at the point of attack because of his limited base strength. Needs to sustain blocks longer and can be tossed aside by defenders. Lacks the brute strength to redirect rushers and will never be a mauler in the run game -- needs to do a better job blocking moving targets and squaring up in space. Won't fit in every NFL offense and won't be on some team's draft boards. Has suffered several injuries over his career, including missing most of his sophomore season with foot and knee injuries -- didn't start in the 2012 Sugar Bowl because of a foot injury in pregame warm ups.
NFL Comparison: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles
-- Dane Brugler