Ronnie Hillman: I can be Broncos' feature back

By Dan Hanzus
Updated: June 17, 2013 at 10:29 p.m.

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Ronnie Hillman knows the scouting report.
He's not big enough. He can't take a pounding between the tackles. He's best-suited as a change-of-pace back.

With Willis McGahee out of the picture, rookie Monte Ball and Knowshon Moreno stand as Hillman's chief competition for playing time. We asked Hillman about his first impressions of Ball, Denver's second-round pick in April's draft.

"He's a good kid, I can't say kid. He's older than me," Hillman said with a laugh. "He's a good dude, he's learning, he's doing good things out on the field. He's going to be good."

Ball has a very good shot to be Denver's lead back when the dust settles. Hillman should be able to carve out his own niche if he is able to improve as a blocker. In Denver, protecting the quarterback is of utmost importance.