Chargers draft pick Johnnie Troutman likely to miss rookie season

AP

The Chargers took Penn State guard Johnnie Troutman in the fifth round of the NFL draft, but they’re not expecting him to play as a rookie.

Troutman had surgery on Thursday after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle while working out, and he was already dealing with a knee injury he suffered at the Senior Bowl, and U-T San Diego reports that he’s expected to miss the entire 2012 season while rehabbing the injuries.

Although Troutman started 32 games at left guard at Penn State, he has had on-and-off knee problems since he suffered a torn ACL in high school. The Chargers say they were aware of the pectoral injury and the knee issues and that they still believe he’s a player who is going to contribute.

“We wanted the player,” General Manager A.J. Smith said.

And they wanted the player badly enough that they were willing to spend a draft pick on him even if they won’t get the player on the field until 2013.

21 responses to “Chargers draft pick Johnnie Troutman likely to miss rookie season

  1. So Smith believes some other team would have been dumb enough to waste a draft pick on this banged up kid who was certain to miss his first year, rather than wait and sign him as an UDFA?

  2. Looks smart when compared to the Skins using a 4th round pick on a second quarterback that they hope never sees the field. Danny Boy Snyder has to stop dishing out dumb pills around the team HQ.

  3. Nobody is going to champion this move, but I don’t see why this is such a big deal. He was drafted to compete for a backup role, so they’re not going to miss his contribution this year at all.

    Not every late round pick is a lock to make the team anyway, and this way he’ll have a year to learn the offense and rehab/condition with NFL facilities before having to contribute. How is that any worse than signing a 5th round pick in the 2013 draft who doesn’t make the roster?

  4. pftcensorssuck says: May 1, 2012 8:00 AM

    So Smith believes some other team would have been dumb enough to waste a draft pick on this banged up kid who was certain to miss his first year, rather than wait and sign him as an UDFA?
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    Exactly, the man is a true buffoon. A complete idiot at the controls of what’s supposed to be an NFL team.

    It makes you wonder though, who’s dumber, Smith, who’s getting paid, or Spanos, whose paying him?

  5. pftcensorssuck says: May 1, 2012 8:00 AM
    So Smith believes some other team would have been dumb enough to waste a draft pick on this banged up kid who was certain to miss his first year, rather than wait and sign him as an UDFA

    Well considering the Jags drafted a PUNTER in the 3rd round..anything is possible I guess

  6. I wish the kid well in his recovery and would suggest that he shy away from ribs, barbeque chicken, pizza and all the fattening foods until he is healthy enough to work them off.

    A year of rehab can really add the pounds.

  7. Just wondering who’s paying torontojoe for his expertise? What is his NFL scouting experience…Oh I know approving every move the Faiders have made while AJ has made that Oakland team look like a bunch of chumps.

  8. nflhof says:
    May 1, 2012 10:20 AM
    Just wondering who’s paying torontojoe for his expertise? What is his NFL scouting experience…Oh I know approving every move the Faiders have made while AJ has made that Oakland team look like a bunch of chumps.

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    What’s AJ’s next move? Wait for him to reach probowl status then let him walk in free-agency?

  9. Just don’t drink AJs Kool-aid. AJ screwed up. It is obvious. It is obvious. It is obvious that AJ and his crew didnt know about the pre-existing injuries to Troutman. Not Troutmans fault. AJ is just a bad, bad GM. If they did know about the injuries, and also know about the current issues at the OG position, and willing to spend even ‘pencil lead’ on this kid is absolutely dereliction of duty on AJs part. Wait a year for Troutman to rehab…..then what experience does he have in the NFL. That pick should have been spent on ANY, any, a-n-y OG that was healthy. AJ can NOT spin this any other way. He is just a bad, bad talent judge and GM.

  10. “Well considering the Jags drafted a PUNTER in the 3rd round..anything is possible I guess”

    But the punter will actually suit up, play and contribute in his rookie season. The same can’t be said about this guy!

    Won’t really matter to AJ Smith and Norv Turner, they won’t have a job by next year to even see him develop.

  11. Im a lomn g time chargers fan and went to school with johnnie as well as played against him the one thing I can sau about us.pemberton boys is no matter what we face we always come out on top we made a gd pick with johnnie just warch all the people talkin reckless will eat there words

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