There is pick No. 11 and pick No. 45. There is pick No. 76 and No. 110. The Chargers, all told, have seven selections to use in this month's NFL Draft. In a way, they took their first rookie a year ago. Guard Johnnie Troutman, a 2012 fifth-round choice, is healthy and expected to push for a starting job. It's his first real opportunity after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle about a year ago, forcing him to undergo surgery days before the April draft. That ended his first season before it began. This, he said, is his second chance. "Most definitely," Troutman said in a phone interview this week. "I haven't really shown anybody anything on film, so it's definitely a rookie year for me and other people looking at me." He is not a typical rookie. Troutman, who characterizes his body at “100 percent” health now, said he grew from the months off the field. He studied the veterans' habits, learning what constitutes being a pro. He observed film-room corrections from Hal Hunter and Mike Sullivan, then the offensive line coaches. As part of the new staff, they were replaced by Joe D'Alessandris and Andrew Dees, and Troutman sees a benefit to that, too.
Chargers' Troutman gets fresh start
San Diego Union-Tribune | Apr 6