Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions offensive lineman Johnnie Troutman runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
It is always better to get more information about some of these college players from people that have watched them throughout their careers. I got in touch with Tim Tolley from Victory Bells Ring – A Penn State Fan Site to get more information on our 5th round draft pick Johnnie Troutman. Here is what he was able to share with me:
Johnnie was actually recruited out of high school as a 6’4″ 290 lb defensive end, but never played a snap there in college. He redshirted as a freshman and saw limited action the following year at offensive guard.
As a redshirt sophomore, Johnnie started most of the season, only missing a game or two due to a slight injury. Since then, he has been a permanent cog at left guard.
You’re getting a guy with over 30 career starts in college.
As far as I can remember, he was never in any trouble academically or legally and never landed in Joe Paterno’s infamous “doghouse.”
You’re not going to get a ton of versatility, as Johnnie isn’t tall enough to play tackle and has no experience at center.
Troutman was part of a strong offensive line. Despite poor QB play, Penn State has had solid sacks-allowed numbers the last two seasons. They only allowed 12 sacks in 2010.
Johhnie was also a part of the line that helped Evan Royster become Penn State’s leading all-time rusher in 2009-2010. Evan had a combined 2,183 yards those years. As a team, PSU rushed for 2150 yards this past season.
I hope that helps! I heard he had pectoral surgery and will miss the season? That sucks, but apparently the Chargers knew about the injury, pre draft. Hope that gets straightened out.
Also, sorry about Junior Seau. I know he was a big part of the San Diego community and he was one of the best to ever put pads on. Very sad how that story has ended.
I would love this pick a lot more if he was able to get out on the field this year. It sounds like he will be a pretty good player, we just have to be patient and that is NEVER easy as a fan!