I believe this kid was an absolute STEAL in the 7th round. SHOOTING THE BREEZE: A Q&A with Chargers center David Molk Chargers rookie David Molk could be groomed to eventually replace veteran center Nick Hardwick. JAMIE SCOTT LYTLE | email@example.com 3 hours ago • By CHRISTOPHER HADORN firstname.lastname@example.org DAVID MOLK AT A GLANCE Position: Center Height: 6-1 Weight: 298 Born: December 15, 1988 College: Michigan Drafted: Seventh round (226th overall) in 2012 QUICK HITS Favorite part of San Diego: "The weather. It's unchanging." Favorite TV show: "Anything on Discovery Channel." If I weren't playing football, I would be... : "Probably going back to school and getting my master's in business." Biggest fear: "Getting hurt because injuries could kill you here." Favorite NFL player: "Never had one. Didn't watch football." Favorite sport other than football:Golf SAN DIEGO — With an eye toward the future, the Chargers selected Michigan center David Molk with a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Molk is a long-term developmental prospect who could take over the starting center spot whenever 10-year veteran Nick Hardwick decides to retire from the game. At 6-foot-1, 298 pounds, Molk is not a physical specimen by NFL center standards. But, Molk was a highly productive college player who was the recipient of the 2011 Dave Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to college football's top center. He drew praise for his toughness at Michigan. Before the 2010 season, Molk chipped the end of his fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot and played his entire junior year with the fragment floating around in his foot. In pre-game warm-ups for his final collegiate game, the 2012 Sugar Bowl, Molk tore a tendon in his right ankle, but still played the entire contest with the exception of one series, even though the team's medical staff advised him not to participate. Molk wasn't afraid to speak up and defend his abilities during the draft evaluation process. The 23-year-old drew national attention for publicly stating that he was a better player than Wisconsin's Peter Konz, a fellow Big Ten center who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round. He also responded to comments by NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock characterizing him as a "finesse player." Molk has played with a chip on his shoulder ever since he was a 5-foot-6, 175-pound freshman at Lemont Township (Ill.) High. He could only bench-press 110 pounds when he first started weight training then. This year Molk bench-pressed 225 pounds 41 times at the NFL combine, the most of any offensive lineman. A workout warrior, Molk received numerous strength and fitness honors at Michigan, including the Iron Wolverine Award, which is given to the program's top conditioned athlete. Molk has shown that physical limitations are no obstacle when one has the determination and strong will to achieve success. Question: Since the time you were a freshman in high school to the present day, what has driven you to make the most out of your football career? Answer: There's a lot of things that drive me to do what I do. The reason that I made it so far is because of a characteristic that has been instilled in me by my parents. It's kind of that never-quit attitude, and at the same time, it's always the want to be the best. I have always going into everything I have ever done, I want to the best. I wanted to be the best guy at high school. I wanted to be the All-American in college. I wanted to win the Rimington. Now it's just another ladder to climb. Q: Your workouts have translated to high-achieving results at the NFL combine and other strength and conditioning competitions. How have you been able to get maximum efficiency out of the work you have done in the weight room? A: A lot of it is effort. How much effort you put into something is what you are going to get back. On top of that, you have to have a great trainer. I had a great guy in college (Mike Barwis). I had a good trainer in high school (John Coneset). I have always had good people around me to show me the right way to do things. Q: Are you still consuming 6,000 calories a day to maintain your weight? A: Probably pretty close. It all depends on how much I do during the day, of how much I have to eat. Now that it's camp, we have to eat a lot, so 6,000 is probably going to be the number. Q: I read that a lot of the food you consume is not very good. Is that true? A: It's good-for-you food. It just doesn't always taste very good. It's not like I am going to Jack In The Box or McDonald's or anything like that. I probably haven't had fast food in four years. But it's things that will help your body. I don't want to put anything in my body that will deter me, or hurt me or pull me back from the goals I want to reach. Q: What is a food that you eat that most people might not know is good for you? A: Sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are very good. They actually taste good, too, if you cook them right. You don't need butter. You don't need sugar. You don't need all that other stuff. It's actually a pretty clean sweep of vegetable. It's great for your body. It has a lot of antioxidants and good potassium and good carbohydrates for you. Q: How did you get through games playing through the painful injuries you suffered in college? A: You feel the pain, but you just gotta block it out and realize what the end goal is. It's not about you. It's not about what you can do for yourself. It's about what you can do for your team. Football is a team sport, and the team is everything. Q: What have you learned this year from Chargers offensive line coach Mike Sullivan about playing offensive line in the NFL? A: There are a lot of little things that you learn. Coming out of college, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on what it took to play center and I found out there's obviously more to learn. There's a lot of things especially with Sully (Sullivan), Hal (Hunter), the two coaches and then Nick (Hardwick) who's a great veteran, a Pro Bowl player. There's a lot more little technique stuff, a lot more little intelligence stuff, reading-the-defense stuff that's still to come. I look forward to it. Q: Outside of competing for a starting job, is there a better situation that you could be in right now than playing behind a Pro Bowl center such as Nick Hardwick? A: I don't think so. This is a great year for me to really learn and take in some things that I haven't seen before. It gives me time to grasp what the NFL brings and the pace of play. It's almost like a redshirt in college, I guess. At the same time, it's still cutthroat NFL. Q: What did former San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke do in his first season to turn around the Michigan program? A: He brought on along a lot of people and he instilled I guess a tradition that had previously left. He brought in the personnel to aim us in the right direction and made us a quality team and gave us the direction that we needed. It ended up being very few little things that turned us from 7-6 to 11-2.