WILL HERNANDEZ

Texas-El Paso
G

Prospect Info

College
Texas-El Paso
Hometown
Class
Las Vegas, NV
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
348 lbs
32”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

6.12
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.15
Seconds
 
Bench Press
37
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
24.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
104.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.59
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.7
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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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.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Richie Incognito
Overview
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 did nothing but help his cause at the Combine and he has a great shot of going in the first round and becoming a Pro-Bowl caliber guard.
Strengths
  • 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
Weaknesses
  • 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
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

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league