David Molk to Chargers: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Shae CroninCorrespondent IApril 28, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Offensive center David Molk #50 of the Michigan Wolverines readies for the snap at the line of scrimmage against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Though he won the 2011 Rimington Trophy for the nation's best collegiate center, Michigan's David Molk is not considered a sure thing for the NFL

Despite possessing all the intangibles of a solid football player and the above-average game intelligence, Molk lacks the physical tools to rank him among the top of his class. 

Standing 6'1" and weighing just shy of 300 pounds, Molk relies on his footwork, effective hands and quickness to perform. Given his physical attributes and skill set, Molk is an ideal fit in a zone-blocking scheme in the NFL.

From the National Football Post:

A shorter, compact lineman who looks nearly maxed out physically, despite weighing 288-pounds. Looks a little tight hipped trying to sit into his stance, but has a quick first step, and snaps and steps very quickly. Creates leverage for himself consistently, extends his arms and can easily reach and seal on plays off his frame. Displays a compact, sturdy punch and can stun defenders at the point. Looks really natural when asked to quickly reach block on runs to the perimeter, as he's coordinated getting his feet around and can seal the edge routinely.

Now, lacks the power to win as an in-line guy. Keeps his base down, but doesn't have the lower body power to create a push inside. However, does do a nice job chipping at the line, re-directing and reaching secondary targets. Displays great awareness in the run game as well and routinely carries out assignments.

Molk's dedication and smarts could make him a starter in a year or two. 


Pick Analysis

Perhaps no player more so than Molk personifies the suspect logic of the NFL Draft. Here is arguably the best center in college football slipping all the way to the last round of the draft because his physical tools aren't too impressive as measured on the practice field. Of course, his play on the field was good enough to take home the Rimington Trophy so, if that effectiveness translates to the NFL, the Chargers have struck gold in the seventh round. At worst, he should be a valuable backup.