2012 NFL Draft: Your Team Drafted Johnnie Troutman, Now What?

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

Somewhere in the middle to late rounds of the NFL Draft, your team decided to take a flyer on a massive, 6’4", 325 lb. offensive lineman named Johnnie Troutman. So, here’s what you need to know about this massive, ill-tempered (on the football field) road grader.

A three year starter for the Nittany Lions, Troutman is the 22nd ranked guard in the NFL Draft and the 405th ranked player overall, according to NFLDraftScout.com. Troutman capped off his last year at Penn State by being named an All B1G Honorable Mention by both conference coaches and media. However, Troutman’s draft status might be somewhat diminished by his February, 2011 DUI charge, although that issue seems to be in the past.

As for his game, Troutman is all power and intensity that will serve him well as a run blocker on the next level. However, he may not have the hand quickness or lateral agility to handle pass blocking against interior pass rushers like Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Tommie Harris, etc. Troutman is expected to be drafted in the 5th or 6th rounds and many mock drafts have him being drafted by the Washington Redskins. He could also find a home with a run heavy team, like the Chicago Bears or Baltimore Ravens. However, at this point, Troutman projects as a back-up who will need to work on advanced pass-blocking technique in order to crack an NFL starting offensive line.

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