Photo of Kenny Hilliard
Drafted By: Texans

Combine Results

Grade
4.85 ?
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 27.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.17 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.40 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Houston selects another part of LSU's recent RB-by-committee (selected Alfred Blue in 6th round last year) with this pick. Hilliard isn't as talented as Blue, but he's a no-nonsense downhill back suited for their blocking scheme. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 226LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

2014: Played in 11 games, starting six. Finished third on team in rushing yards. 2013: Played in 12 games. Finished third on team in rushing TD. 2012: Played in 12 games with one start. 2011: Played in 13 games. Tied for team lead in total offensive TD. Tallied most rushing TD by an LSU freshman since 2003 (Justin Vincent, 10).


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.69 and 4.68 seconds
Vertical jump: 29 inches
Bench press: 16 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Decent top-end speed and can catch the ball well out of the backfield. Finds open spaces in passing game and sets up blocks after the catch. Doesn't dance to the line and finishes off runs falling forward. Play speed is adequate but could improve if carrying less weight.

Weaknesses

Doesn't show feel to create if initial running lane is restricted. Burst is absent out of breaks or cuts. Can't shake defender on second level or in open space. Isn't very difficult to bring down for a back his size. Effort to fool defense on play fakes is substandard. Poor technique in pass protection -- lunger with ducked head.

Draft Projection

Round 7

Sources Tell Us

"He has played behind running backs over there with NFL futures, but he just isn't going to be one of them." -- SEC defensive coach

Bottom Line

Lacks elusiveness and doesn't carry enough power behind his pads to create any intrigue. Couldn't even get to 100 carries in a single season while in college and unlikely to be able to break into rotation in the pros.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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