STRENGTHS: Powerfully-built back with good broad shoulders, thick thighs and good overall weight distribution. Surprisingly quick to the line of scrimmage given his size, showing enough burst to take advantage of holes when there and showing subtle agility and brute strength that leaves defenders struggling to take him down one on one. Lowers his shoulders through contact and keeps his legs driving, showing good forward lean.
Possesses a surprising burst to accelerate and takes advantage of the open field to gain yardage in chunks. Showed maturity in handling a backup role after signing with LSU amid plenty of fanfare... Didn't start often but is hardly inexperienced with 48 games to his credit, showing durability while still having plenty of "tread left on the tires." Good bloodlines.
WEAKNESSES: One-trick pony. Used as a bruising red zone runner throughout much of his career at LSU and projects as precisely that in the NFL - but little else. Has good quickness for a player of his size but only fair burst, agility and balance for the position, overall. Rarely used as a receiver, catching just 11 passes in 48 games, with the only receiving touchdown coming during his freshman season.
They don't come much more highly anticipated than Hilliard, the nephew of former LSU star Dalton Hilliard, who left the Tigers with 4,050 rushing yards (still second best all-time in school history) and bettered those numbers (4,164 yards and 39 touchdowns) in eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
Kenny Hilliard didn't have to rely on his famous uncle's statistics; he had his own - rushing for a Louisiana state-record 8,603 yards in high school, including 106 rushing touchdowns. Though he didn't accomplish the same success at LSU, he certainly proved valuable in the red zone, rushing for at least six touchdowns in each of his four seasons and leaving the Tigers with 1,550 combined rushing yards and 27 scores over his collegiate career.
A poor man's version of former teammate Spencer Ware, Hilliard possesses surprising light feet, which help him accelerate quickly when the hole is there, but is at his best as a battering ram in short-yardage situations -- a valued role given the committee approach many NFL teams employ.
11/15/2014 - LSU running back Kenny Hilliard will miss the final two games of the regular season because of a shoulder injury, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the coaching staff had not released specifics about the injury. The person said Hilliard has not been ruled out for any possible bowl game. On Twitter, Hilliard had referenced the injury, saying: "Gotta get healthy." Earlier Friday, he said it was going to be a "lay low weekend." Hilliard had 434 yards and six touchdowns for the No. 20 Tigers (7-3, 3-3, No. 17 CFP) before injuring his shoulder and leaving last Saturday's game against Alabama. LSU plays at Arkansas on Saturday. The Tigers then have an open date before closing their season at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day. The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Hilliard has been part of a four-back rotation with Leonard Fournette, Terrence Magee and Darrell Williams. - AP Sports