Cowboys' Hill, Roullier drafted by Falcons, RedskinsApr 30, 2017 From wire reports
LARAMIE-- University of Wyoming junior running back Brian Hill realized his dream of being drafted by an NFL team when the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons selected Hill in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Hill was the 13th selection in the fifth round by Atlanta and the 156th overall selection in this year's Draft.
Hill became only the second junior in University of Wyoming school history to be selected in the NFL draft.The first was defensive back Derrick Martin, who was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.Hill is the first Wyoming running back taken in the NFL Draft since Ryan Christopherson was selected in the fifth round in 1995 by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hill ranked No. 3 in the nation in rushing yards in 2016, with 1,860.He also ranked No. 4 in the NCAA in rushing touchdowns and No. 5 in the country in total TDs scored (22).He was one of 10 semifinalists for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, which honors the nation's premier running back each season.
Hill was named to the 2016 College Sports Madness third team all-America squad as a running back, making him one of only six running backs in the nation selected to the College Sports Madness All-America first, second and third teams for 2016.He was also voted a First Team All-Mountain West selection as a senior in voting by conference head coaches and media.Hill was invited to and participated in the 2017 NFL Draft combine.
He concluded his Wyoming career as the Cowboys' career rushing leader, with 4,287 career yards. The Belleville, Illinois native set that record in only three seasons as a Cowboy.He broke his own University of Wyoming single-season rushing record, rushing for 1,860 yards in 2016.Hill also ranked No. 7 in the nation in total points scored (132) in 2016 and ranked No. 12 in the nation in points scored per game, averaging 9.4 points per game.
Chase Roullier was selected in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins on Saturday.Roullier was the 15th selection in the sixth round and the 199th overall selection in this year's Draft.
He joined teammate Brian Hill, who was selected as the fifth round by the Atlanta Falcons. The last time Wyoming had multiple players selected in the same NFL Draft was in 2014. Defensive back Marqueston Huff was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft by the Tennessee Titans and wide receiver Robert Herron was selected in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Roullier became the first Wyoming offensive lineman taken in the NFL Draft since Steve Scifres was chosen in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1997 NFL Draft.Roullier was named to the 2016 USA Today Sports second team all-America squad as a center, making him one of only 10 offensive linemen in the nation selected to the USA Today All-America First and Second Teams for 2016. He was voted a First Team all-Mountain West selection as a senior in voting by conference head coaches and media.
Roullier earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at UW in December 2016. He was a four-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2013, '14, '15 and '16.
In the fall of 2016, he was named one of the national semifinalists for the 2016 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's William V. Campbell Trophy.The Campbell Trophy is recognized as college football's premier scholar-athlete award. He was also named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in the spring of 2017.
Roullier was selected to both the Outland Trophy Award watch list and the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list in 2016.He was invited to and played in the 2016 East-West Shrine Game, and was invited to and participated in the 2017 NFL Draft combine. The Savage, Minnesota native played in 46 career games and started 40.
during his Wyoming career. He was voted a team captain by his teammates both his junior and senior seasons.