Ronnie Hillman to Broncos: Video Highlights, Souting Report and Analysis

Nick McAndrews@@NickMcAndrewsCorrespondent IIIApril 28, 2012

San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman is one of the top speed-type backs in the 2012 draft class. Though the former Aztec only scored two touchdowns in his college career, the redshirted junior was able to rush for 3,243 yards over the course of just two seasons, enough for the Denver Broncos to make him their Round 3 selection at No. 67 overall.

After being grayshirted in 2008 as an incoming freshman, Hillman spent his true freshman season with a redshirt. By the time his sophomore year came around, he made a solid contribution to the offense with 1,532 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

In 2011, Hillman had his most productive year at San Diego State as he rushed for 1,711 yards and caught 24 passes for 270 yards. After 2011, Hillman renounced his final two years of eligibility as an Aztec and decided to declare himself for the draft.

In his two seasons on the active roster for the Aztecs, Hillman started in every game and was named to the All-MWC team.

NFL.com said after the combine that because of his 5'9", 185-pound frame, he probably will not demand a majority of carries for any team in the NFL, but that his speed makes him a great candidate to have an immediate impact in the league as a change-of-pace back.

In ProFootballWeekly's draft issue, the magazine noted that aside from being undersized, Hillman's biggest weakness is the inconsistency of his hands. They explain that he sometimes lets throws into his pads, which can become an issue for NFL backs.

Hillman is obviously undersized, and that will play into his ability to pass-protect, but if he's able to improve his hands, he could be a very effective third-down back in the NFL.

 

Pick Analysis

The Broncos need to go all-in on offense to bolster the signing of Peyton Manning as much as possible. Now, there's another viable option in the backfield for their new signal-caller. 

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