Ryan McCrystal

Ronnie Hillman scouting report


Ronnie Hillman RB San Diego State #13
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 190  
Strengths:
Elite breakaway speed. Extremely elusive in the open field. Elite quickness and change-of-direction ability. Stop-and-start ability is impressive; gets up to full speed incredibly fast. Does an excellent job making himself small to squeeze through holes when running between the tackles. Appears to have great vision; usually quick to adjust when a hole closes and isn’t shy about improvising when the designed play breaks down. Excellent receiver out of the backfield, with some experience lining up wide.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized. Goes down quickly once wrapped up; won’t be able to consistently break tackles at the next level. Fumbles have been an issue at times; needs to do a better job of keeping the ball secured and not exposing himself to big hits as frequently. Occasionally indecisive in the backfield; will dance around looking for a hole, rather than simply taking what’s given to him. Gives a reasonable effort in pass protection, but doesn’t have the size or strength to be effective. Missed time with a sprained ankle in 2011. Only two years of experience (turned pro to provide for his two-year-old son).
Comments:
Hillman is a prototypical third-down back. He doesn’t have the size to carry the full load, but has all the tools necessary to excel as a backup in the right system. He would be a great fit for a team with a power running back looking to add a change-of-pace back to the system.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Comments Off