With the 34th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected guard Will Hernandez out of Texas-El Paso. Hernandez was projected to be a first round selection. Some analysts even had him going in the top 20. The Giants were extremely lucky to get Hernandez in the second round, and he has been proving this season that he is a first round caliber player.
Blocking With Power
In the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, Hernandez recorded the highest bench press reps out of all offensive lineman with 37. Hernandez is a strong, powerful guard, and that has shown up this season. Eight weeks into the NFL season, Pro Football Focus released their Mid-Season All-Pro Team. Will Hernandez was featured as an honorable mention at the guard position because of his exceptional run blocking. Hernandez had one of the top run-block grades among all guards through the first eight weeks.
Efficient Pass Protection
In the second half of the season, Hernandez has proved that he is more than just a run blocker. He has been an efficient pass blocker, too. The rookie has allowed just 23 total pressures this season, earning him a 97.3 pass-blocking efficiency grade, third-best among rookie offensive linemen.
The Giants offensive line has struggled this season, but Will Hernandez has been a bright spot in the unit. Throughout this tumultuous season, Hernandez has consistently been an effective and balanced offensive guard for the Giants. Will Hernandez has proven that he will be a key piece for the Giants offensive line of the future.
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