The Denver Broncos signed rookies Brock Osweiler and Ronnie Hillman to complete rookie signings.
The Broncos have now signed all of their draft picks from the 2012 class. On Tuesday afternoon, the Broncos announced that they signed second round draft pick Brock Osweiler to a four year contract, as well as third round draft pick Ronnie Hillman. Osweiler and Hillman were the last two remaining picks of the Broncos that had yet to be signed.
Osweiler will earn the same amount of money as the No. 57 overall pick last year, Mikel Leshoure, did. Hillman will earn the same amount as Buffalo linebacker Kelvin Sheppard received as the No. 68 overall pick in 2011.
Getting these two signings done were of the utmost importance. Hillman figures to play a very prominent role in the Broncos’ offense in 2012. With starting running back Willis McGahee turning 31 years old in October, it wouldn’t shock anybody to see Hillman split carries with McGahee, if not potentially unseat him as starting running back as the season progresses.
Osweiler might not even be the primary backup in 2012. As it stands right now, he is currently No. 4 on the depth chart, and the primary backup to Peyton Manning will likely either be Adam Weber or free agent signee Caleb Hanie.
However, it is expected that Osweiler will be the Broncos’ quarterback of the future after Manning hangs up his cleats. Osweiler is only 21 years of age, and has only started one full season of collegiate football. He’ll have several years to learn under one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Manning.
Outside of defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, Osweiler and Hillman were Denver’s most hyped draft selections. As of now, they can officially call themselves Broncos.
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