Offensive lineman of Texas-El Paso, Will Hernandez, is one of the more exciting prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. As the New York Giants look to continue to improve their offensive line, Hernandez is someone to consider early in the 2nd round.
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Hernandez’s size, strength, and athletic ability are what make him so intriguing. In this years combine he put up 37 reps on the bench press, which was more than any other offensive linemen. He also posted more than respectable numbers in the 40-yard dash (5.15), 3-cone drill (7.59), and shuttle run (4.70).
Will Hernandez possesses outstanding upper body strength and impressive natural movement for his size. He is a quality run blocker and has quick feet to provide pass protection as well. Plays with aggression and finishes every play. He is a natural competitor and even joined boxing and powerlifting just for fun.
His height is less than desired for the position and has short arms and small hands. His aggressive demeanor to get off the ball sometimes gets him into trouble with his hand placement. Sometimes engages with the defender before his feet is underneath him. Still has some work to do in pass protection.
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For comparison, Just Pugh also was on the smaller side but managed to become one of the best guards in the league.
Hernandez was a 4-year starter at UTEP and the most decorated offensive linemen in the school’s history. A good run blocker with the tools to improve in pass protection. What he lacks in height and length, he makes up for in strength and athletic ability. He should be a day one starter with a lot of upside and is likely a late first round or early second round pick.