New York Giants OL Will Hernandez Earns Fantastic Grades

With the New York Giants featuring Justin Pugh as their left guard in 2017, things seemed to be solidified at the position for the most part. Going into a rebuilding year with a new front office, the narrative shifted after Pugh was allowed to sign with the Arizona Cardinals last offseason.

General manager Dave Gettleman elected to address the offensive line with his own breed…hog mollies. Former UTEP standout, Will Hernandez, was taken in the second-round of the draft, and through three weeks, the rookie guard is the highest graded offensive lineman.

A look at how well Giants’ Will Hernandez has performed:



According to PFF, Hernandez is ranked above supposed franchise quality guard Quenton Nelson, and his partner at Notre Dame, Mike McGlinchey.

Head coach Pat Shurmur commented on the influence of the rookie so far:

“Will is going to give us strength in the middle, he’s good in the run game, as well as the pass game,” Shurmur said. “I think it’s very important to anchor the inside of the pocket and the passing game, which he can certainly do. He can do all the things that you need to see from a guard and he’s been very productive.”

Hernandez entered the league with very high marks, especially in regard to his strength and ability to anchor his assignment in place. Despite his tangible abilities, he played on a team that went 0-16 last year, which would attest to him being the 8th lineman picked in the draft.

The Giants managed a steal in the second round, and come to think of it, they hit on nearly all of their 2018 draft picks.