Last night on MHR Radio, I talked at length about Peyton Hillis, and how psyched I was about the prospects of him making an impact as a Denver Bronco. Then BroncoBear wrote an excellent FanPost which I promoted to the front page singing the praises of Hillis.
I was going to put this in the comments of that post, but wanted it to have it's own separate space. I'm looking for your help. To me, Jacob Hester is the same type of player as Peyton Hillis. Sure, Hester was used more as a running back by LSU, but look at the attributes -
Peyton Hillis -
Height: 6-03/4 | Weight: 240 | 40-Time: 4.58
Jacob Hester -
Height: 5-105/8 | Weight: 226 | 40-Time: 4.62
Hillis is bigger and faster than Hester. Obviously, the San Diego Chargers, who drafted Hester early in the 3rd Round felt differently. Over 150 players were drafted after the Chargers took Hester, while Hillis waited. What was the reason?
BroncoBear mentions Scott Wright, and I am a big fan of his site - NFLDraftCountdown.com. Wright ranked Hillis the #1 FB on the board, specifically stating that Hillis would be perfect in the West Coast scheme - Non-traditional, West Coast fullback who can contribute in a number of ways - Sounds like a perfect fit.
Meanwhile, isn't as high on Hester, whom he calls "jack of all trades, master of none"
This is going to be fun to watch over the next several years as Hillis and Hester meet twice a year. I'm interested to hear from DaBolts or any other Chargers fan what Hester's role in SD will be. He's not the power fullback, in the mold of Lorenzo Neal, nor is he the basher runner in the mold of Michael Turner.
Over 150 players were picked between Hester and Hillis, yet Hillis is bigger and faster, and that is before the added bulk. I think the Broncos got a steal with Hillis and I am psyched!