For being a third round draft pick (67th overall), Ronnie Hillman has some high expectations. He’s often compared to Darren Sproles of the Saints or Dexter McCluster of the Chiefs. Both guys have given the Broncos fits. It’s nice to finally have a guy like that on or side.
Hillman sits behind Willis McGahee on the team’s depth chart. In reality, McGahee and Hillman sit behind Peyton Manning on the oft-talked about depth chart.
When Manning isn’t throwing, it will be McGahee most of the time. Hillman likely won’t get too many chances even though he’s a good change of pace guy.
Regardless, head coach John Fox like what he sees out of the fellow Aztec alum.
“He’s an explosive player,” Fox said. “It’s something we saw from him when he was at San Diego State. He had great production at a good level of competition. We just think he can be a good add-on for us here at the Broncos.”
The 5’9″, 190-pound Hillman is taller than Sproles and heavier than McCluster so hopefully his NFL game follows suit.
Hillman is third in San Diego State history in total rushing yards with 3,243 yards in just two seasons. In 2011, he had 1,711 yards (second in school history) and 19 touchdowns on 311 carries. He also added 24 receptions for 270 yards and one touchdown.