Ronnie Hillman was the Broncos' third selection. He's a crafty running back with breakaway speed that will be able to contribute immediately.
Hillman declared for the NFL Draft after his sophomore season and there were some people who felt he should have stayed in school another year.
If he had chosen to do so, Hillman would have been vulnerable to suffering a major injury that would have killed his draft stock.
Also, running backs can only take so many hits. Few RBs in the NFL today are over 30 years old and it may be the most physically taxing position in the league.
It is smarter for running backs to spend the small window that they have getting paid in the NFL.
Hillman was a very productive back at San Diego State University. In his two years there, he compiled 3,243 yards, 36 touchdowns and averaged 5.7 yards per rush.
One of the key reasons that the Broncos drafted Hillman was to use him on third down.
Last season, Hillman caught 24 passes for 270 yards. He will be a dangerous receiver because of his agility, which makes him difficult to take down in the open field.
Peyton Manning will be able to count on Hillman to be a reliable receiver out of the backfield. His versatility and speed will be key to running successful draws out of the shotgun, and he'll provide a nice change of pace from Willis McGahee's bruising style.