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Chargers Take Penn State Guard Johnnie Troutman In 5th Round

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Johnnie Troutman #74 of the Penn State Nittany Lions prepares to block against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Johnnie Troutman #74 of the Penn State Nittany Lions prepares to block against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers have taken Penn State guard Johnnie Troutman in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

Troutman was a three-year starter at Penn State.

The Chargers need depth on the offensive line, where four-time Pro Bowl left guard Kris Dielman retired due to a concussion. Tyronne Green is penciled in as Dielman’s replacement.

Troutman is described as a good run blocker who is best suited for the right side of the line rather than the left side, which is critical for pass protection.

The Chargers have taken two straight offensive players after using their first three picks on defensive players.

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