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Ronnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman - #13 - RB

Height: 5-8 3/4
Weight: 200
Speed: 4.46
Arm: 30
Hand: 8 1/2
Wingspan: 72 1/4
Birthdate: 09/14/1991
Hometown: La Habra, CA
Grade: 5.39

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/21/2012 San Diego State Pro Day 5-9 1/8 195 8 3/8 71 1/4
02/29/2012 Combine 5-8 3/4 200 8 1/2 30 72 1/4 4.43 17 37

 

Notes:

The California prep also lettered in track and field and basketball. In 2009, he went to fall camp but left before the start of the semester because of administrative issues involving his admission (a dispute over a test score). He re-enrolled in the spring of 2010. Returned to the team and was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year after rushing 262 times for 1,532 yards (5.8-yard average) and 17 touchdowns in 13 games (eight starts). The 1,532 yards also set the SDSU and MWC freshman record, breaking Marshall Faulk’s 1991 record (1,429). Also caught nine passes for 68 yards (7.6-yard average) and one touchdown. In ’11, he led the conference in scoring and rushing after posting 311-1,711-19 (5.5) on the ground and 24-270-1 (11.2) through the air in 13 starts in a new offense after the departure of Brady Hoke. Lost five fumbles in ’11 and gained 5.7 yards per carry the past two seasons. Sprained his left ankle early in the Boise State game and rushed for only eight yards. Strained his left hamstring and did not run shuttles at the Combine.

Positives:

Rare two-year production. Nearly beat Missouri by himself as a freshman. Has playmaking ability (see 99-yard TD vs. Wyoming). Good vision and balance. Is quick-footed, agile and elusive with a fluid stride. Nice lateral agility to jump-cut and divert his path. Strings moves together with stop-and-start ability. Good short-area quickness to zip through creases. Shows second-level burst. Keeps his legs pumping on contact. Has hip flexibility and change of direction to separate vs. man coverage and is slippery after the catch. Handled an average of 23 carries per game over two years.

Negatives:

Undersized — has a small, narrow frame and lacks bulk. Is not equipped to grind between the tackles. Average run strength — too easily turned on contact, gets stood up in the hole and cannot push the pile. Still developing patience — at times runs up the backs of linemen. Can be short-circuited by penetration. Carries the ball loosely away from his body and fumbles have been an issue. Lets throws get into his body and drops passes he shouldn’t. Low blocker. Was contained by TCU.

Summary:

A confident, highly productive, fluid runner who could have used another year of seasoning and strength development. Is not as athletic or versatile as Raiders 2011 fourth-rounder Taiwan Jones, but is a safer pick and projects as a dynamic complementary back in the pros.


Ronnie Hillman's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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