With the 149th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected Johnnie Troutman, OG Penn State.
Troutman has started for three years at Penn State at offensive guard and is a fierce blocker when finishing plays. He is able to use superior arm strength to hold on and sustain his blocks, but he has some hitches in his footwork that limit him in pass protection. As a mover, he gets to the second level well and can stay on his man. He is a much better run blocker than pass blocker and should find a role as a backup player in the NFL. He has late-round value, but he hasn't blown anyone away and needs a strong performance in the pre-draft process to ensure he'll be drafted after showing up as a disruptive mover against Houston in the Ticket City Bowl.
Troutman is a good run blocker who understands how to use technique to overcome certain deficiencies in his game. He has a wide base and a good anchor to sustain on his blocks, and he is able to generate a little bit of a pop off the ball to move his defensive lineman backward. He mirrors opponents well and stays with his man by using strong hands in the run game. He is flexible and an overall reliable inside option for a run-heavy team.
Troutman has good technique in the run game, but he struggles in his pass set. He can make explosive blocks once he meets his man, but he can get overpowered when having to move to the second level or deal with a quick-twitched interior defensive lineman. He is probably better suited for the right side of the line, as he could be a liability in pass protection and be outmaneuvered by the NFL's top athletes.
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Labels: NFL Draft 2012
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