Height: 6-2 Weight: 250 Age: 29
Born: 1/21/1986 Conway , AR
- Bench Press26.0 reps
Positives: Lacks ideal size, but shows solid muscle mass, developed thighs and calves and a proportionate build...Good short-area receiver who might not have the speed to get into vertical routes, but does a good job of settling underneath and shows good vision working back to the quarterback when the pocket is pressured...Has a very good work ethic and puts in extra hours studying film...Does not have much hip wiggle to elude, but runs with good balance and body control, getting the bulk of his rushing yardage after initial contact...Tough competitor who will not hesitate to face up to the bull rushers -- will get pushed back when he fails to anchor well -- and is a good contact-seeker chasing down linebackers by taking proper angles in the second level...Alert to the blitz and stunts, doing a nice job in his kick slide when protecting the pocket...Efficient at spotting the crease and does a good job of keeping his pad level down and attacking the line of scrimmage with his shoulders squared...More quick than he is fast, but can break arm tackles...Might lack the speed for vertical routes, but you won't see him drift in his patterns...Has good first-step agility out of his stance, showing urgency getting to the line of scrimmage...Knows how to slip under defenders to get a clean release into his routes...Shows good body mechanics when building his acceleration through the hole...Has good plant-and-drive agility out of his breaks and while he is mostly a one-cut runner, he has the vision and instincts to adjust in his stride...Gets most of his initial yardage by running at a good pad level and pushing the pile with adequate power, as he can break arm tackles, especially when utilized in short-yardage carries...Has the body lean to gain additional yardage falling forward and shows good balance and determination to finish...When he drops his pads, he gets good movement and can move the chains...Uncoils and explodes on contact taking the ball up the middle and has a compact finishing style...Must improve his ball security, but is not a chronic fumbler...Used mostly on swing routes and dump offs, but has enough leg drive to create separation vs. second-level defenders...Also good at running stop routes with effectiveness, showing a good feel for the sidelines...Has good concentration adjusting to off-target throws and has the hands to reach and pluck away from his frame...Demonstrates good hand-eye coordination and, while he lacks deep speed, he can get upfield vs. linebackers and safeties...Can finesse block with good hand placement or hunker down and knock defenders back when leading on sweeps...Will get bounced around some lead blocking up the middle, but uses his shoulders well in attempts to widen the rush lane...Takes good angles into the second level to execute cut blocks...Can adjust on the move and is aggressive looking for targets to hit. Negatives: Undersized for a fullback at the professional level, but does show good power and aggression as a blocker...Bit of a "tweener," but shows just adequate elusiveness running with the ball, especially when asked to take the pigskin outside...Has good explosion off the snap, but lacks the leg drive to power through trash running between the tackles...Had some ball-security issues and needs to do a better job of distributing it away from the defenders when getting into the second level (susceptible to having the ball knocked out by leaving it exposed, especially on returns)...Has had good success as a receiver, but is not used much on upfield routes and is better served being utilized in the short area...Needs to play with better confidence (will get into a bit of a funk after a bad play)...Has had several injuries that lead to durability questions (back injury was the most serious)...Attacks the rush lanes at a good pad level, but needs to generate better leg drive to sustain those blocks, as he can get overwhelmed in tight areas trying to sustain the lane...Does not have the speed to separate past the line of scrimmage and has to rely on his strength to gain additional yardage after initial contact...Won't win any footraces in the open due to a lack of a second gear...Has been used as a punt returner in the past, but does not have the burst or lateral range to be effective in that role at the next level...Hands are smaller than ideal (eight-inch width), which could have led to some fumble issues as a sophomore (four in two games). Compares To: BRIAN LEONARD-St. Louis-Leonard has better speed, but both are underrated blockers who are better served not being used in the traditional fullback role. Hillis has good value as a short-yardage runner, but to have him carry the ball often would not be beneficial, as he does not have the second gear or speed to make big gains on the ground. He has natural hands for short-area tosses, but his speed issue will prevent him from being lined wide for the vertical passing game. Still, he's a good blue-collar type who can help in a variety of roles, rather than being utilized strictly as a blocker. Every roster could use a versatile player like Hillis, especially in the mid-to-late rounds.