With the signing of former New England Patriots’ LT Nate Solder, the New York Giants are on the up-and-up when it comes to the offensive line. Ereck Flowers will no longer be putting Eli Manning’s health in jeopardy every five-seconds!
But, there’s a lot of work that remains to be done on the line, and this idea offers some security in the first round.
The Giants already acquire the second-overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft, putting them in a great spot to grab a solid offensive lineman to go with their No. 2 overall pick.
Now, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson will certainly be off the board, but there are other prospects to choose from. In this scenario, we are going to take a look at UTEP guard Will Hernandez.
Will Hernandez pull! Huge Ballage run pic.twitter.com/Bd8HtHYVm6
— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) January 27, 2018
Hernandez is a bull of a lineman, yet he has small arms and hands, placing physical limitations on his abilities. But his love for the game and unparalleled work ethic is one of the most enticing things about him, and that could be enough for Dave Gettleman to move up in the draft to snag him.
NFL draft profiles have him going in the 1-2 rounds, making him a potential first-round pick. If the Giants want to land him and he’s heading towards the end of the first-round, they might want to consider trading into the first to grab him.
UTEP G Will Hernandez has better feet than I thoughtpic.twitter.com/yJRi2o6wwp
— 2019 NFL Draft (@DraftRT) March 2, 2018
The Giants can potentially offer their remaining fourth-round pick to grab Hernandez. Now, this would only leave them with three picks in the draft, but it would be well worth the haul.
Gaining a starting guard and the value from whomever is picked at the No. 2 spot puts the Giants in great shape moving forward.
What’re your thoughts on this potential trade-up?
Imagine a haul including Saquon Barkley AND Will Hernandez… That would be one of the best drafts for the Giants in years.