Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 4/27/12

Ronnie Hillman poses for a headshot during the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)

The Denver Broncos have selected Ronnie Hillman with the 67th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

This is absolutely the right pick.  John Elway, more than anyone, understands that a premier rushing attack combined with a franchise quarterback will put a team within striking distance of a World Championship each and every year.

Hopefully, this is the final piece of the puzzle that sets a potential championship run into motion.  Though Lamar Miller was still on the board, Hillman will compliment Willis McGahee nicely as they will have the experience and youthful exuberance that will likely be a recipe for success.

What do the rest of you Bronco fans think?

 

Let’s take a look at Hillman’s pre-draft profile.

NFL.com Draft Profile

Hillman is an early entry junior to the draft from San Diego State, where he started every game for the Aztecs in the past two years and was first team All-Mountain West. He is a bit undersized but has the speed and quickness to have an immediate impact in the NFL. He likely won’t demand the bulk of the carries for an NFL team but is a good “change of pace” guy who does a lot of things well enough to project to make an impact.

STRENGTHS Hillman relies heavily on his quickness and immediate vision to find a seam to be an effective runner. He has decent speed for his size, but his quickness is his biggest asset. He has a natural feel for how to find daylight and can be patient to wait for a pulling interior lineman to get to the second level. He has a good burst in a short area to make guys miss, and has the quickness to be an effective short-yardage back in the NFL.

WEAKNESSES Hillman is a very smooth mover but is not very explosive with the ball in his hands. He likes to feel his way through the line of scrimmage and usually gets to the second level with ease, but he struggles to run with power or elusiveness to make defenders miss and really break for a big gain. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry in his senior year, but those numbers were a bit skewed thanks to some long runs.

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