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David Molk: I’m the best center in the draft, it’s stupid to say I’m not

Ryan Van Bergen, David Molk

Michigan defensive end Ryan Van Bergen, left, watches offensive lineman David Molk hold up the Sugar Bowl trophy as the football team is honored for defeating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game during a break in an NCAA college basketball game between Michigan and Northwestern, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)


Michigan center David Molk isn’t lacking for confidence.

Prior to the Scouting Combine, Molk said he could break the event’s all-time record in the bench press, and although he fell short of that (finishing with 41 repetitions of 225 pounds, good for second-best this year), he’s continuing to talk himself up after the Combine.

Told by an reporter that most draftniks rank him as anywhere from the second-best to the sixth-best center in this year’s draft, Molk took exception to that. Molk, who won the Rimington Trophy as the best center in college football, says he’s clearly No. 1.

“The fact they could consider any center better than me is pretty stupid,” Molk said.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock recently called Molk “very much a finesse guy,” and Molk took issue with that.

“He never played against me,” Molk said of Mayock. “I don’t think a finesse player has ever had defensive linemen quit during a game; quit and give up because you’re hurting them. I don’t think a finesse player has ever done what I do, which is just ground kids out of the hole. I think the fact he called me a finesse player is because he hasn’t watched me on film.”

Most draft analysts believe Wisconsin’s Peter Konz is the top center in the draft, and Molk takes issue with that, too.

“I have skills he doesn’t have,” Molk said of Konz. “Obviously, my strength is far better, I’m faster, I would say I’m smarter. Obviously, he’s an intelligent person, I’ve talked to him, but I just think I have a technique that’s unmatched.”

Molk was voted to several All-America teams, but Konz beat him out as an All-American on the vote taken by college football coaches. Molk said “stuff like that pisses me off.”

It also pisses Molk off that another Big Ten center, Ohio State’s Mike Brewster, is ranked ahead of him in many draft rankings.

“He is nowhere near me as a player,” Molk said of Brewster.

If there’s an NFL team out there wanting a center who’s strong in the weight room and cocky off the field, Molk is your man.