2. Will Hernandez
Offensive lineman after often underlooked because of the skill position hype but they’re the most important players on the field at any given time. An offense doesn’t score without the blocking in the trenches and whichever NFL team lands UTEP guard Will Hernandez will be very happy.
Hernandez was another one of those small-school players who was invited to the Senior Bowl. It didn’t take long for him to prove he belonged with the best of the senior class. Hernandez checked in at 6’2″, 340 pounds in Mobile and is a monster of a player. Not only does he have the girth to play on the interior of an NFL offensive line, Hernandez has a mean streak to him that is crucial in the trenches. Keep in mind, he was the top offensive lineman who paved the way for former teammate Aaron Jones last season.
Like a brick wall, Hernandez dominated the best of the defensive line group in 1-on-1 drills all week long. There was no getting around him and once Hernandez had his target locked up, he wasn’t letting them by. His ultimate goal was to move defensive lineman backward and that was the case the majority of time in drills.
Hernandez has the build and talent to be a 10+ year starter in the NFL. He’s made to play football and could very well be a plug-and-player starter as a rookie. Teams looking for interior help on the offensive line can’t go wrong with his talents.