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  • RAMSEY: Hillman will be a star for Broncos

    http://m.gazette.com/sports/hillman-...os-ramsey.html

  • #2
    That's a very optimistic article. And I like it!!! :thumb:
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    • #3
      I like optimism!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SouthernBronco View Post
        I like optimism!
        Me too. And a bit 'o the orange kool-aid.
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        • #5
          Every Mountain West fan knows this kid is a killer.
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          • #6
            The Denver Broncos found a bargain in the 2012 draft. Discovering Ronnie Hillman in the third round is the equivalent of finding a cache of gold coins under your bed.

            He’s fast. He’s deceptively tough. He’s elusive in the same way Barry Sanders was once elusive. And he’s only 20 following his departure, after two seasons, from San Diego State.

            I believe Hillman will bring instant results to the Broncos, especially as he works alongside Peyton Manning. The Broncos found a first-round pick in the third round.

            I’ve seen Hillman at his best during the past two seasons as he delivered pain to the lives of Air Force coaches. In two games against the Falcons, Hillman rampaged for 363 yards and four touchdowns while personally handing two defeats to Air Force.

            “This guy,” said Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, “is a home run. And he could not be in an offense more suited to his talent than Denver’s.”

            Calhoun still remembers, in vivid detail, Hillman’s run against the Falcons in 2010. Hillman bolted through the middle of Air Force’s defense in the second quarter and encountered half the Falcons' roster.

            “Four guys literally had great angles,” Calhoun said, “and yet you were reaching. You would be ready to put a face on him, and all of a sudden you’re grabbing air. All of a sudden he’s gone.”

            Hillman offered equal opportunity in his thrashing of opponents. In two seasons at SDSU, he collected 3,243 yards and 36 touchdowns.

            Still, there are questions about Hillman. He’s slender by NFL standards, even if he packs nearly 200 pounds on his 5-foot-9 frame.

            Air Force defensive line coach Ron Burton knows about the punishing nature of the pro game. He played linebacker four seasons in the NFL, and started at outside linebacker for the Cowboys in 1989.

            Burton admires Hillman’s toughness and knack for being where tacklers are not, but he wonders about the young back’s durability. These doubts are the main reason Hillman fell out of the first two rounds.

            “I wonder,” Burton said, “whether he can hold up physically.”

            But Hillman has a special knack of eluding the big hits that shorten running backs’ careers. This is the same knack Colorado College star Marty Sertich displayed while avoiding a wide variety of college hockey goons. When the goons attacked, they only delivered glancing blows.

            Same is true with Hillman. Of course he gets tackled, but seldom is he punished.

            Air Force defensive coordinator Charlton Warren will not miss Hillman.

            “Oh, no,” he said, laughing. “Not at all.”

            But he will miss watching tape of Hillman tormenting other teams. Hillman would bust through the middle, offering his undersized frame as a tempting target for linebackers and cornerbacks.

            Disaster seemed imminent, but disaster never quite arrived.

            “He can make guys miss in small spaces,” Warren said. “He never really takes a big hit because he has a way of bending his body to elude tacklers.”

            In many ways, Hillman reminds me of Clinton Portis, who rushed for 3,099 yards for the Broncos in two seasons. You never would believe Portis could run over tacklers if you saw him without his pads. Same is true for Hillman.

            It’s always a mystery what will happen when a college star jumps to the more violent, more demanding realm of the NFL. Hillman could be a bust.

            But that’s not my prediction. I believe the Broncos grabbed a star in the third round. This is one of the better picks in the franchise’s recent history.
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            • #7
              I agree and i'm not too worried about durability. He's the change of pace guy... he won't get the bulk of the carries, and it's a pass happy offense with Peyton Manning anyways, so he should hold up just fine.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by BluenOrnge4Life View Post
                I agree and i'm not too worried about durability. He's the change of pace guy... he won't get the bulk of the carries, and it's a pass happy offense with Peyton Manning anyways, so he should hold up just fine.
                Sorry but Hillman is sooooooo much more than a change of pace back. He was a workhorse with the ability to go all the way on any down or distance. I don't know if you have ever seen him run live but there wasn't a person from CSU or Airforce that got their helmet on him in two years of play.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PioneerBroncFan View Post
                  Sorry but Hillman is sooooooo much more than a change of pace back. He was a workhorse with the ability to go all the way on any down or distance. I don't know if you have ever seen him run live but there wasn't a person from CSU or Airforce that got their helmet on him in two years of play.
                  I agree, Hillman was a great pickup. I was at one of those Air Force games the article talked about...Hillman demolished them. he will make the offense so much more explosive and unpredictable..I can hardly wait for TC... is it July yet???
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PioneerBroncFan View Post
                    Sorry but Hillman is sooooooo much more than a change of pace back. He was a workhorse with the ability to go all the way on any down or distance. I don't know if you have ever seen him run live but there wasn't a person from CSU or Airforce that got their helmet on him in two years of play.
                    I see him as a change of pace back from the start, but I eventually see him taking over. I agree.. he's explosive and has game changer written all over him.
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                    • #11
                      Well as of now Hillman is my favorite pick. I sure hope he doesn't disappoint!!

                      Gruden called him the next Darren Sproles and this article labels him as Clinton Portis (The productive Bronco not the Deadskin). If Hillman is either of then I will be happy! And if he is a little of both then I will be happier
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                      • #12
                        Thanks for sharing Yea, this is probably the pick that I'm most excited about. I cant wait to see him in Orange and Blue. Making defenders miss. I really can't wait to see him. He is probably the player that I cant wait to see play the most this year, outside of Peyton Manning. I think we are in for a fun season this year.
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                        • #13
                          People are going to hate me for this, but Doug Martin would've been a better pick at pick 25.

                          And Darren Sproles carried the load at K-State, but was and is a change of pace back in the NFL.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Crazy8 View Post
                            People are going to hate me for this, but Doug Martin would've been a better pick at pick 25.

                            And Darren Sproles carried the load at K-State, but was and is a change of pace back in the NFL.
                            Yet he's still a potent threat for a touchdown.

                            Hillman may or may not evolve into a complete back but if he's anything like Sproles then we have ourselves a baller.

                            Sure Doug would've been a great pick but we already have McGahee taking most of the carries and Hillman will compliment that excellently.

                            At least I think so anyway
                            All in for Siemian!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AdamWeberOrBust View Post
                              Yet he's still a potent threat for a touchdown.

                              Hillman may or may not evolve into a complete back but if he's anything like Sproles then we have ourselves a baller.

                              Sure Doug would've been a great pick but we already have McGahee taking most of the carries and Hillman will compliment that excellently.

                              At least I think so anyway
                              McGahee's on the wrong side of 30. Sometimes backs get old overnight. We need to groom a replacement. Remember how much our running game suffered when McGahee got hurt? As good as Hillman is, we need an every down back for him to compliment, IMO.

                              Imagine Sproles without LT or even Ingram and Pierre Thomas. I'm not saying Hillman isn't a good pick. I'm just saying for our situation, Doug Martin would've been a better pick. I think there were a couple of guys who might've been better picks at that position. But I'm just talking about Doug Martin at this point. I know I'd feel a whole lot better with Martin in the backfield than I do with Hillman in the backfield.

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