Strengths: Hillman has big-play ability and loves to toy with defenders. His hop-cutting style is reminiscent of Thurman Thomas, and it's one of many moves in his repertoire. He does a good job of being patient, allowing blocks to full develop in front of him. When he sees the hole, Hillman can explode through them quickly and is always on the lookout for cutback lanes. Hillman has the rare ability to set up defenders at the second level before he even crosses the line of scrimmage. He's a savvy runner with sharp instincts and elite athletic ability. Hillman has a strong lower body and is a good inside/out runner. He doesn't shy away from running between the tackles.
Weaknesses: His frame is maxed out at 200 pounds and some question whether or not he can hold up to an NFL beating.
2012 Outlook: Hillman could begin the season behind Willis McGahee on the depth chart, but the rookie could take over as the starter by the midway point of the season. Great value that could be added in the 10th or 11th round.
Dynasty Outlook: Has the potential to be Top 10, perhaps Top 5, if used correctly. Hillman was drafted to eventually replace McGahee, and it could happen sooner rather than later.
NFL Comparison: A hop-cutting LeSean McCoy.