Los Angeles Chargers: 2012 NFL Draft Retrospective
By Jason Reed
Los Angeles Chargers 2012 NFL Draft Retrospective, rounds 5-7:
Fifth-round selection: Johnnie Troutman, G, Penn State
Johnnie Troutman did not play in his rookie season with the Bolts but found some playing time in his second season and did pretty solid in the nine games that he started.
An injury to Jeromey Clary in 2014 gave Troutman the starting right guard position and he was more than serviceable in his full season of being the starter. However, he was played on the IR before the following season began and he would never see the NFL field again.
Seventh-round selection: David Molk, C, Michigan
David Molk played a total of 15 snaps for the Chargers in his one season with the team. He spent two more years as a depth center for the Philadelphia Eagles but had nothing more than a cup of coffee with the Chargers.
- Grade: F
- Could have drafted: Rishard Matthews, Kelvin Beachum
Seventh-round selection: Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State
The Chargers have had some really good success with recent late-round and undrafted running backs but this is not an example of a success story. Edwin Baker never appeared in a game for the Chargers but did carry the ball 43 times for the Cleveland Browns in his second season.
We can’t really give it a failing grade because it was so late in the draft and the team did not miss anyone worth mentioning.
- Grade: C-
- Could have drafted: N/A
Overall draft grade: C
The Chargers got a Pro Bowl defensive end in Melvin Ingram, even if it took some time for him to blossom, and got four solid years out of Kendall Reyes with some production from Ladarius Green.
It is not the most spectacular draft class and it definitely is held up by Melvin Ingram, but it was serviceable for the team. If Ingram would have been a flop, though, this would easily be a failing grade.