Combine Results

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  • 5.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 37 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 24.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 104.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.59 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 348LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands


Hernandez, a Las Vegas native, has made himself at home at the left guard spot for the Miners over the past four years. After redshirting in 2013, he has started all 37 games that UTEP has played to the left of the center. Hernandez brings power and relatively light feet for his size, which earned him Freshman All-Conference USA honors in 2014, honorable mention all-conference recognition from league coaches in 2015, and first team All-C-USA accolades the following year. He was also a second-team Associated Press All-American in 2016 and could have left to become an NFL starter after the season.



Has a broad waist with a thick trunk. Possesses impressive natural movement for his size. Flexible and agile. Knee bender able to unlock his hips and explode into opponents at point of attack. Base is wide and steady. Has the feet and the force to keep run blocks sustained and centered. Contact balance and body control are excellent. Plays with an aggressive, finishing demeanor on every snap. Flashes outstanding upper body strength to turn defenders out of the run lane. Once he digs his hands into an opponent's frame, they are done. Feet are nimble and quick. Quality pull blocker and has feet to mirror most pass rushes. Plus lateral movement. Keeps head back and back flat in pass pro. Able to ride opponents beyond the quarterback when they get to his edge. Has an instant stop-and-drop anchor. Joined boxing and powerlifting gyms just for fun. Loves the game and loves the process.


Shorter than desired for the position. Has short arms and small hands. Players with good arm length are able to get into his chest. Excitable after snap. Comes out of his stance with lateral hop that can cause him to lose some positioning at times. Strong desire to come out fast and land a heavy blow causes hands to miss their mark and ride up high occasionally. Too willing to initiate contact without gathering feet under him. Can be herky-jerky in approach to second level targets and lacks some smoothness in his climb. Needs to play with better pad level in space and on down blocks. In pass pro, inside post foot will get stuck in neutral when counter rushers attack him back inside.

Draft Projection

Rounds 1-2

Sources Tell Us

"He's exactly what you are looking for in terms of his work ethic and how much he loves the game. He will clique instantly in the offensive line room and he will be one of the strongest and toughest guys on the team as soon as he makes the roster. The only thing that scares me are those short arms." - NFC area scout

NFL Comparison

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Bottom Line

Four-year starter at left guard and the most highly-decorated offensive linemen in UTEP history. Hernandez possesses a rare combination of power, balance, and athletic ability. He is a plus run blocker with the anchor and footwork to handle himself in pass protection as well. Though he lacks height and length teams would like, it shouldn't hurt his stock much. Hernandez should be able to step in as an immediate starter with a high ceiling.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster