Laramie, WY. – University of Wyoming junior running back Brian Hill was drafted by the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday. It has been two years since a Wyoming Cowboy player was selected in the NFL Draft. On Saturday, Hill also became the second junior in school history to be selected in the NFL Draft, and the first Wyoming running back selected in the draft since Ryan Christopherson was selected in the fifth round by the Jacksonville in 1995.
Hill’s outstanding career saw him ranked number 3 in the nation in rushing yards in 2016, number 4 in the NCAA in rushing touchdowns and number 5 in the country in total TDs scored (22). He concluded his Wyoming career as the Cowboys’ career rushing leader, with 4,287 career yards, a record he set 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.