Scouting Report: John Hilliman, RB, Boston College

Plainfield, NJ | 5114 | 230 | 4.53E | 2019

Was really impressive as a freshman in 2014, showcasing burst and acceleration, while hitting holes with authority—along with the ability to break tackles. Injuries have since slowed him down and he now has a hitch when taking the handoff, where he takes a slight halfstep backwards. In 2015, he suffered a broken foot, which ended his season prematurely. He has yet to demonstrate the same quickness he initially flashed since then. His game has evolved more into a between the tackles bruiser who is called upon in short yardage situations and at the end of games to milk the clock, hence the low yards per carry average. One area of his game where he has made great strides in is catching the ball out of the backfield, an additional role that he has flourished in as a junior. He has bulked up during his time at Chestnut Hill and will break some arm tackles but due to his limited speed, he projects as a backup running back who could be used in goal line duty at the next level. Current draft grade would equal undrafted free agent.


2016: Played in 12 games, making 11 starts at running back … led the Eagles with 542 rushing yards, 184 attempts and six rushing touchdowns.

2015: Saw action in four games – making two starts – before missing the remainder of the season with an injury … rushed for 198 yards on 51 carries, scoring two touchdowns … added 33 receiving yards on three grabs.

2014: Played in all 13, making seven starts … earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team honors from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and the league’s head coaches … named the ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year … broke Boston College’s rookie record for rushing attempts (210), set in 2008 by Montel Harris … tied for ninth in BC record books for single-season rushing touchdowns (13) … tied for second in the ACC for rushing TDs … also ranked third in the conference for rush attempts, tied for fourth with 6.0 points per game and was eighth for rushing yards (860) and rushing yards per game (66.2) … part of a BC rushing unit that ranked 14th in the nation and second in the ACC with 254.7 yards per game

High School: Captured 2013 MaxPreps All-America honors … earned all-State recognition … captured Hudson County Player of the Year honors as a senior … earned 2013 All-Non-Public first-team honors … became the school’s first 2000-yard rusher; carried 216 times for 2,007 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior; also caught 12 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown … also ran track.

Personal: Jonathan Hilliman … enrolled as a communication major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences … recipient of the Hanson Family Athletics Scholarship … Jon and his three brothers are the children of Janet and Dorrell Hilliman.