Despite a rocky start to his New York Giants career, left guard Will Hernandez quickly turned himself around and looks to be on the cusp of being an elite player along the Giants’ offensive front.
Big Blue drafted Hernandez in the second round (No. 34 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft and may have found themselves a real gem.
Now, it’s hard to say that Hernandez could be the best player that comes out of that draft with running back Saquon Barkley being the team’s first-round selection, but he might come pretty darn close.
NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger tends to agree about just how great of a pick Hernandez was and even believes Barkley could not have had the season he did without Hernandez’s big frame plowing the road for him.
In his latest film breakdown, Baldinger heaped praise on Hernandez and talked about his technique and fundamentals.
“Watch him take his defensive lineman off the ball and onto his back. When you do that in the middle of a defensive line, you create softness. Watch how square he is, watch the footwork, watch the hands and watch the fit. You can put a refrigerator on his back. He’s walking it off,” Baldinger says.
Baldinger also states the Giants had Barkley running behind Hernandez from the jump and the rookie guard had a lot to do with the Penn State product’s success in his own rookie season.
Hernandez’s Pro Football Focus grade among guards is more proof in the pudding that the Giants might have something really special in their sophomore guard. The UTEP product finished as the No. 21 guard—and that was after a slow start.
Whatever side of the aisle you’ve been sitting on as far as general manager Dave Gettleman’s moves during his Giants tenure, there’s little to debate about the great job he has done rebuilding the team’s offensive line.
And Hernandez is going to continue to be a big part of that.