"I guess you could make it stressful, but at the same time, I didn’t really watch the draft," he explained. "I decided that it wouldn’t be something that would benefit me, so I didn’t really pay much attention to it and just waited for the phone call … I went golfing, walked around, hung out with my dad, my brother and my girlfriend. Actually, when I got called I was bowling, and I’m terrible at bowling."

While making the transition from college football to the NFL will be difficult, Molk is excited about the opportunity to learn more about his new franchise, where he is certain to receive help from some former Michigan teammates.

"I’m still learning about [the Chargers]," he noted. "I don’t really know much about any NFL team. We’re not a sports household, so I didn’t grow up watching one team. I know that it’s a fantastic place to be – a great area to live. [Stephen] Schilling plays on the team, and [Jonas] Mouton, so I’ll know someone on the team. It’s a great situation as far as offensive line goes at the center position. They have a great offensive line coach that I talked to for a long time at the combine. Someone that I think I connect pretty well with. So I think it’s a great place to be and a great situation."

The Chargers held their rookie mini-camp this weekend and the former Michigan linemen approached the event with great confidence.

"I want to prove that I’m not a seventh round pick," he state. "I’m just ready to get started. I just want to prove that I should be in the NFL and at some point I can be a starter in the NFL."

While certainly not a positive at the time, Molk feels that the coaching changes he had to endure in his Michigan career will prove useful at the next level.

"In a way, it really kind of helped me more than it hurt me," he said. "I saw three schemes - a lot of defensive coordinators to prepare against. You learn different drills and techniques from the different offensive line coaches. I got to see some of everything in my career at Michigan, which I’m sure will help me."

Molk leaves big shoes to fill at the center position after starting in each of his four seasons in the Maize and Blue. Many expected Rocko Khoury to step into a starting role this fall, but the Traverse City native decided not to return for his fifth year of eligibility. During spring, fifth-year senior Ricky Barnum stepped in to take the majority of the snaps at center. Molk gave his take on recent developments, but dismissed concerns that fans might have about the state of the line.

"It did surprise me a little, but it was his decision," he said. "Ricky has a lot to learn since he hasn’t played there in a long time, but as far as the future of the Michigan offensive line, I’m sure they’ll be just fine. With the recruiting classes they’ve got, I’m sure the great tradition of Michigan offensive lines will continue."

 

 
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