Michigan's David Molk impresses with weight gain, combine-best 41 reps in bench press
INDIANAPOLIS -- David Molk fell short of his goal. He did not fall short of doing what he came here to do.
The former Michigan football center said because right foot surgery has cut his NFL Scouting Combine to just the bench press, he poured most of his preparation into breaking the record in that event.
The results are in: Molk posted 41 repetitions of 225 pounds Friday, well short of Stephen Paea's record 49 from last year.
The caveat: It's "by far the most of anyone so far" at the combine, according to Shawn Zobel of draftheadquarters.com.
The 6-foot-1 Molk also tipped the scales at 298 pounds. That's an inch shorter than his listed height at Michigan and lands him among the bottom 20 percent of NFL centers. But, the weight is 12 pounds heavier than his playing weight and more than 20 pounds heavier than his post-surgery weight.
Between the weight gain and bench press, this has been a very impressive combine for Molk, considering the circumstances due to his injury. He has been unavailable for comment, but was expected to speak later Friday.
For comparison, Wisconsin center Peter Konz posted 18 reps in the bench press, and he's projected to be a first-round pick.
Konz said shortly after the lift that at the center position, too much shouldn't be made of combine measurables such as bench-press reps.
"There's so many variables, I don't chalk it up much," he said. "I try to use my technique, but that's something I'll work out."
When asked about Molk's 41 reps -- more than twice what he posted in the same event -- Konz said: "It'll translate a little bit (to NFL play), but at the same time, you need to know what kind of football player a guy is."
Most media members are not allowed to observe workouts such as the bench press.