Previous Selection: Ronnie Hillman
Ronnie Hillman will enter the NFL from San Diego State, just as St. Louis Hall-of-Fame running back Marshall Faulk did in 1994.
Considering that Hillman comes from the same university and has a similar game, comparisons to Faulk are inevitable, as was the case here.
The last time St. Louis added a 5'10'' running back from San Diego State, it went pretty darn well. That would be Faulk, a 2011 inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In fact, Hillman broke Faulk's freshman rookie rushing record with 1,532 yards in 2010 before running for 1,711 yards in 2011, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
Just like Faulk, the redshirt sophomore has a knack for finding the end zone, doing so a staggering 36 times in his two college seasons. And, like Faulk, Hillman is a good receiver out of the backfield, making him a good option on third-down passing situations.
Interestingly, Hillman is built similarly and possesses similar attributes to Chris Johnson, a running back Fisher once drafted in Tennessee,
Hillman, although weighing only 190 pounds, runs well inside. His exceptional burst and lateral agility help him in the trenches.
As would be expected, the speedy and quick Hillman runs well outside and accelerates rapidly off the edge. He is a patient runner who can cut on a dime and make defenders miss.
In short, he would be an ideal complement and change-of-pace back to pair with Steven Jackson. He has also shown himself to be durable, a plus considering Jackson missed several games last season and will be 29 next season.
For more on Hillman, check this out. To take a look at game footage from his record-breaking freshman season, please go to Youtube and type in Ronnie Hillman, the second coming.
For a shorter clip, you may watch him run for a 99-yard touchdown here.
Hillman's potential is underrated. He could be a big-time steal at the top of the fourth round.