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Troutman scored an invited to the Senior Bowl after last season, but failed to stand out in any one area. However, he was still invited to the scouting combine in February and fared much better.
"It's definitely one of the most stressful things for a college athlete," he said of the combine. "You just keep your eyes and ears open and pay attention."
Troutman benefitted from going up against defensive tackle Devon Still every day in practice last season, and then focused on improving his conditioning after the hectic schedule that began with the end of the season through the combine.
He was an all-state player on defense in New Jersey, although he struggled through a knee injury as a senior. At Penn State, Troutman worked his way up the depth chart to starting status at left guard by 2009.
He started the final 11 games of 2010 after a rocky offseason that included a DUI charge in January. Troutman finished his Penn State career with an honorable mention all-conference senior season.
Positives: Looks the part. Big, strong man who can knock defenders off the ball in the running game. Possesses heavy hands to provide a strong initial punch when in pass protection. Wide-bodied player with a natural anchor to be able to absorb bull-rushers. Flashed more nastiness at the Senior Bowl than he'd shown previously in his career, leading some to believe that he might be a better in the NFL than he was at Penn State.
Negatives: Below average athlete whose lack of foot speed and balance makes him a poor fit in anything other than man on man, drive-blocking schemes. Lumbers off the line of scrimmage and is consistently beaten to the action by line. A waist-bender who is susceptible to swim moves and can be beaten by quickness inside. Hasn't shown the work ethic in the past to keep his weight down or develop better quickness, leading to questions about how much the game matters to him.
2011 ALL-Big Ten Honorable Mention (Coaches).
Charged with DUI in January 2011, failure to obey traffic device and driving without a license after a traffic stop. Johnnie Troutman started the final 11 games of the 2010 season at left guard and has 19 career starts. He saw action on 930 snaps last year, the teamís secondhighest total to Stefen Wisniewski, topped by 93 in the win over Northwestern and 90 against Florida in the Outback Bowl. Troutman was instrumental in Penn State allowing only 12 sacks all season, tied for No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 13 in the nation for fewest sacks allowed. He played a critical role in helping the Nittany Lions gain 350 or more yards nine times last season, topped by 528 yards in the 35-21 comeback win over Northwestern. The Lions ran for a season-high 260 yards against the Wildcats, with two 100-yard rushers, and threw for 268 yards. Troutman helped Penn State gain 496 yards against Indiana and 435 yards against Michigan, scoring 41 points in both victories.
Troutman moved into the first unit at left guard and started eight consecutive games before suffering a strained calf against Ohio State. He missed the Indiana game, but returned to help the Lions gain 512 yards en route to a 42-14 win at Michigan State. Troutman played on 619 snaps, led by 86 in the win over Minnesota and 75 in the 35-10 victory at Michigan. He was an instrumental member of an offense ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten at 406.9 ypg. Penn State was third in the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed. Troutman and his linemates helped quarterback Daryll Clark rank No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency and deliver a school season-record 24 touchdown passes. The unit also was instrumental in Evan Royster becoming the seventh Nittany Lion all-time to gain 1,000 yards in multiple seasons. In the win at Illinois, Penn State rolled up 338 rushing yards, getting 100-yard games from Stephfon Green (120) and Royster (105) and 83 yards from Clark. In the 52-3 pounding of Eastern Illinois, Penn State displayed dominating balance, racking up 268 yards passing and 285 yards rushing en route to a season-best yardage total of 553. The Minnesota victory capped a three-week stretch in which Troutman and the offensive line did not allow a sack. In the 34-13 win at Northwestern, its fifth straight, the Penn State offense gained 301 yards in the second half and 437 for the game, averaging 7.5 yards per play.
Troutman saw action in six games as a reserve to All-America guard Rich Ohrnberger and emerged as a contributor on one of the nation's top offensive lines. Troutman was on the field for 80 snaps, led by 19 against Coastal Carolina and 18 at Syracuse.
Redshirt season. Troutman enrolled as a full-time student at Penn State in January 2007.
2010: Charged with DUI in January, failure to obey traffic device and driving without a license after a traffic stop.
2009: Missed the Indiana game with a calf strain.
Troutman was a standout for Coach John Rosnick at Pemberton HS. He earned first-team all-state and All-South Jersey honors. A team captain, he was selected All-Group 3 twice and all-conference three times. He was injured for most of his senior season with a knee injury. During his junior year, he made 67 tackles, with four sacks.
Full name is Johnnie B. Troutman. He is the son of Johnnie and Norma Troutman. He has a brother, Xavier, and a sister, Ashley. He is undecided on a major. Born November 11, 1987 in Trenton, N.J.
Draft Scout Player News
10/28/13 - LG Johnnie Troutman received praise, although he did commit three penalties, while filling in for injured Chad Rinehart. But it looks like Troutman will go back to his back-up role this week with Rinehart retuning to practice.
01/02/13 - OL Johnnie Troutman (arm) should be ready for the offseason workouts.
11/06/12 - Chargers offensive linemen Brandyn Dombrowski and Johnnie Troutman were designated as "return to practice" on Tuesday, the final day for NFL teams to start the 21-day practice window for players who had been on either list.
Troutman was a fifth-round pick in April as a three-year starter at Penn State. He injured his pectoral before the draft and had surgery in April.
Troutman and Dombrowski are now eligible to practice for the next 21 days before a decision needs to be made to activate one or both. Troutman is expected to practice with the Chargers for the first time on Wednesday. Troutman and Dombrowski may be activated at any time during the 21-day window.
11/04/12 - G Johnnie Troutman, who has been on the PUP list, is expected to start practicing this week. Troutman, a fifth-round pick who was out with a torn pectoral, has a three-week window to work and then the Chargers will decide to place him on the roster or keep him on PUP for the rest of the season.
07/24/12 - OL Johnnie Troutman opens camp on Chargers active/NFI list.