Troutman, Crawford Go in Round Five

Troutman, Crawford Go in Round Five

Both former Nittany Lions are bound for the West Coast, going to the Chargers and Raiders, respectively. Stupar is a late-round pick of Oakland.

Offensive guard Johnnie Troutman was the second Penn State player to be taken in the 2012 NFL Draft, going to the San Diego Chargers with the 14th pick of the fifth round (149th overall) Saturday.

Defensive end Jack Crawford was taken a short time later, going to the Oakland Raiders with the 23rd pick of the fifth round (158 overall).

Linebacker Nate Stupar was picked in the seventh and final round, and will be joining Crawford in Oakland. He was the 23rd pick of the round and the 230th overall pick.

Defensive tackle Devon Still was taken in the second round Friday by the Cincinnati Bengals.

As expected, no PSU products were taken in the third or fourth rounds. None went in the sixth, either.

Troutman's draft position was not bad, all things considered. Only six guards were taken ahead of him, with just two going in the first round and none going in the second. Going into the draft, some analysts felt he would have to take the rookie free agent route into the league.

Meanwhile, most analysts projected Crawford as a mid- to late-round pick. Defensive end was considered a position of strength in the draft, and Crawford was the 11th end taken.

Stupar posted some of the top agility times for linebackers at the NFL Combine. He was projected as a late-round pick or rookie free agent.

As an aside, former Penn State All-American Steve Wisniewski is an assistant coach with the Raiders

It turned out to be a disappointed draft for many Nittany Lions.

PSU players who attended the NFL Combine but who were not drafted were defensive backs D'Anton Lynn and Chaz Powell, as well as wideout Derek Moye. All are expected earn free agent tryouts with NFL teams.

Other Lions eligible for the draft who figure to get free agent looks include running back Stephfon Green, offensive linemen Quinn Barham, Chima Okoli and DeOn'tae Pannell, fullback Joe Suhey, tight end Andrew Szczerba, defensive end Eric Latimore, and safeties Drew Astorino and Nick Sukay.

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