David Molk #50 leading his team out of the tunnel before the annual spring game. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The Michigan Wolverine snapper is another player that San Diego State fans probably saw, but you are forgiven if you didn't scout the center in that big game. When I listed him on the Michigan game previews I wrote the following:
The Chargers have to figure out their Nick Hardwick situation and if they choose to draft his replacement in the mid rounds this is a guy with some of the same qualities. He's a vocal leader and smart player. He's not a mauler, but a guy who can pick up blitzes and stunts and use leverage to make plays. Has upside since he needs help with his footwork. (4th round)
The Chargers did re-sign Hardwick, but he's not getting younger and has already had retirement rumors make their way through the media. Molk may have been drafted to be a backup and compete with Colin Baxter for a spot on the roster or could be groomed as future starter.
Mollk as mentioned is a great leader. He's a 4 year starter, elected a team captain and has a degree in sports management. Even though he's been a starter, he's had a lot of injuries. Has had a broken foot, knee surgery and other injuries that made him miss games. Still, he's tough, plays with an edge and can fight through his pain. He played in the Sugar Bowl with that broken foot. Getting back to the positives, he made the line calls and, like Troutman, has his head up looking to pick up blitzes. Still needs that footwork improvement and needs to work on avoiding holds in the passing game.