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With the 226th Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected David Molk, Center from the University of Michigan. Finally when we all thought there was no hope, another Michigan man comes off the board. Better late than never I guess. Molk is just under 6'1" and that's what many pro scouts said was the knock on him. To me, that's ridiculous, he is after all, the Rimington Award Winner for Best Center in the country, so that should say enough about him. He was a four year starter, a First Team AP All-American, and earned consensus All-American honors. He's not the only former Wolverine in San Diego, as he joins Stephen Schilling and Jonas Mouton.
Molk was a team captain, as well as the anchor and signal caller of an offensive line that provided two 1,000 yard rushers in Denard Robinson and Fitz Toussaint. As we all know, offensive linemen don't get credit in the stats category, but he sure did deserves some. Michigan ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in rushing yards at 221.8 yards per game. He started 41 games at Michigan, proving that he has great durability. He also put up 41 reps at the combine showing great upper body strength. I was surprised to see him fall to the 7th round of the draft, but I guess the scouts put a lot of focus on his height.
I think he's going to be a great addition to the Chargers and enjoy playing alongside his former teammate, Stephen Schilling, which may help him make the adjustment into the NFL. He will have some competition if he wants to be a starter, as the Chargers just signed Center Nick Hardwick to a 3 year contract. The Chargers have a pretty good stable of running backs including Ryan Matthews and Mike Tolbert, and let's not forget about their quarterback Phillip Rivers. The Chargers and Molk will have a tough time in the new AFC West created by the addition of Peyton Manning to the Broncos. Molk is a great pickup and he's adding to one of the NFL's better offensive lines.
I hope Molk gets right in there, competes and sooner than later, snags the starting job. I wish him the best of luck in the NFL and hope he has a long, injury free career. Go Blue we will miss you in Ann Arbor.