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Draft Prospect: Ronnie Hillman

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San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman announced that he has hired an agent and is making himself eligible for this year's NFL Draft. He is not at the top of the projected backs to be selected, but his skill set is very similar to that of former Aztec great Marshall Faulk, and Hillman appears poised to make a difference on the next level.

Ronnie Hillman leaves college with an impressive resume. In his two years he was the team’s workhouse and very productive, but more importantly consistent. He finished is career with 3010 yards and 32 touchdowns. Last year his 131.62 per game average was 4th in the nation behind Heisman candidates LaMichael James and Montee Ball. He blocks well in pass protection and has the ability to change direction on the drop of a dime. Critics dislike his size (5’10”, 190 lbs), but there is no shortage of small backs succeeding in the NFL and if he bulks up any will be the same size as Faulk.

As with any player not named Andrew Luck there will be a serious learning curve once he steps foot on a NFL field. He will have to learn to read his blocks quicker and make decisions. The speed at the next level is blinding and one of his knocks is that he will take to long to find his hole or seam. It’s also important for him to fall into the right situation much like Faulk in which he can use his talents as he will be a nightmare in open space. His quickness and top speed are incredible and this helps him avoid big hits, which is essential for the shelf life of a running back. The Long Beach native is not an immediate every down back but his presence will be felt on Sundays.

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