Justin Hilliard

LB

Ohio State

Height

6'1"

Weight

229

5.95

Final Grade

Covid-19 false positive (2020) Partially torn achilles (2019) Torn Bicep (2016) Torn Bicep (2015) Undisclosed Knee (2014)

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Clemson, Alabama

Team Fit

CAR

ATL

CIN

Strengths 

Justin is a technically sound tackler with a crazy high motor. He has enough size and speed to be effective and while he prefers to play in space, he is more than willing to take on and fight through lineman as well. Typically he is adequate in zone coverage in getting to his spot and followinng the eyes of the QB well. You can see he knows his role and trusts his teammates to do their role on each play. You can see in how he plays that he is passionate about the game and really enjoys tackling people.

Weaknessess

Justin has no dominante traits and has a long injury history. While he flashes enough, he is more inconsistent in how he plays. He can take terrible attack angles and basically chase the ball. He is not as mobile sideline to sideline as you would prefer for a LB. He struggles to anticiapte plays and sometimes loses the ball during the play. He is rarely asked to rush the QB as he lacks burst and power and rush moves to put pressure on the QB.

Big Picture

Hilliard seems to be a player who has a lot of potential based on when he flashes but has had a lot of his development zapped based on his long injury history. He is a rare 6th year player who only got 2 spring trainings while at OSU. He does not have a dominant trait but you can see his love and passion for the game in his perseverance of coming back from injuries and his insane motor while he plays. He loves playing ball and is an extremely sound tackler. He rarely rushes the QB with his minus athleticism. He is not the fastest sideline to sideline but can typically see plays develp and trail them well. He can lose focus and where the ball is at times, though, following the play when the ball is headed the opposite direction. His attack angles widely vary. The effort is always there and sometimes he takes great angles while other times he simply chases the ball. He thinks he plays faster than he actually is it seems. He is adequate in coverage. I wouldn't trust him much in 1v1 as he struggles to quickly change direction but he does get to his zone and seems fairly aware, although he can get caught flat footed. His injury history is lengthy but his perseverance and passion is the reason you would give a shot to a guy like this in training camp to see how he holds up.

Player Comp

Will Compton

Draft Projection

Athleticism:

5.29

7.25

4.56

Pass Rush Ability:

7.25

7.25

Big Play Ability

Coverage:

7.5

7.25

Against The Run:

6

7.25

Competitiveness:

7.42

Intelligence:

5.75

7.25

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