BIO: Two-year starter who accumulated 27 tackles as a senior after 21/5/2 the prior year.
POSITIVES: Explosive interior lineman best suited on the nose. Quickly gets off the ball with a great first step, effectively uses hand technique to keep opponents off him and has a burst of closing speed bearing down on the play. Pursues well laterally, resilient and keeps coming. Steady tackler who wraps up at the point of attack. Plays with good fundamentals getting leverage on opponents.
NEGATIVES: Lacks bulk on the inside and easily ridden from his angle of attack. Neutralized by double teams.
ANALYSIS: A hard-working defending that shows up on game day, Hilliard combines great explosion and natural strength to make plays against the ball carrier. An instinctive defender, he offers a good amount of upside and can effectively be used as either a nose tackle or a three-technique lineman.