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An NFC area scout said that UTEP G Will Hernandez is "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 scout gushed. His only concern with the 6-foot-2, 327-pound Hernandez comes in his arm length (or lack thereof). The UTEP product measured in with arms of just 32 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine. He will very much be in play for a Day 1 selection next Thursday, with NFL Media's Bucky Brooks speculating that the Vikings -- picking at No. 30 -- could be a perfect dance partner for the offensive lineman.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 3:43 PM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks believes that UTEP G Will Hernandez could be a "missing" piece for the Vikings.

Hernandez is consistently grades as one of the best guards in the class, and if not for the ridiculousness that is Quenton Nelson he might be at the top. "The offensive line was vastly improved last season, but there is still a need for an upgrade at the guard position," writes Brooks. "Hernandez is a mauling run blocker and he's surprisingly nimble in pass protection. His physicality is a perfect fit for a team looking to close out wins with the running game." The only question is whether or not he'll still be around when Minnesota makes their 30th pick, so they may need to trade up to procure his services.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 10:05 PM

The Giants will host UTEP G Will Hernandez on a visit, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Hernandez might be the premier hog molly in this class. The Giants have a clear need at guard, and Hernandez is a bully in that area, wanting to move defenders out of the way to create space in the running game. An early second-round selection is possible for Hernandez, as is a first-round pick.
Mar 26 - 10:17 AM

The Cowboys scheduled a pre-draft visit with UTEP G Will Hernandez.

Despite deploying three of the NFL's best offensive linemen and a promising player in La'El Collins, the Cowboys front five continues to be in a transition period. It is clear the Cowboys are trying to figure out where Collins will start in 2018, so expect them to look into both guards and tackles. Hernandez will be a top 50 selection.
Mar 20 - 10:43 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris relays that UTEP G Will Hernandez is visiting the Saints on Tuesday.

Hernandez (6'2/237) has impressed this evaluating season, turning in respectable work at both the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks called his combine show an "A+ workout." While it's still probably too early to start even tentatively slotting prospects with NFL teams, at the very least, the Saints' first-round selection at No. 27 would make sense if they're keen on the guard. An NFC area scout believes that the UTEP standout is "exactly what you are looking for in terms of his work ethic and how much he loves the game."
Mar 13 - 3:53 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranked UTEP G Will Hernandez 25th in his updated top 50 prospects.

That's the biggest leap of any prospect, as he was unranked in his previous version. The 6-foot-2, 327-pound guard showed out at the combine, particularly in his 37 bench presses, which were the most of any offensive lineman. "He piles up some gnarly knockdowns when he's uncovered," Jeremiah writes. "He's always looking for extra work. Overall, Hernandez is a tempo setter in the run game and more than adequate in the passing game. He had a great Senior Bowl and combine." There's a great chance that Hernandez goes in the first 32 picks come April.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 1:53 PM

UTEP G Will Hernandez produced a composite score in the 43rd percentile at the NFL Scouting Combine.

This is a case where the numbers are a bit misleading. Hernandez had middling results in the jumping and shuttle times, but he put up 37 reps on the bench press, and he posted a respect 5.15 second 40 yard dash from his 6-foot-2, 327-pound frame. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks gave his workout and A+, and if other teams feel the same about the former UTEP lineman, he's going to be off the board before the end of the second round.
Mar 5 - 11:06 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks considers UTEP G Will Hernandez a "winner" of Friday's NFL Scouting Combine.

Hernandez (6'2/327) racked up 37 reps on the bench press after running a 5.15 40 yard dash. "He followed his fine performance in athletic testing with a flawless positional workout that showcased his quick feet and body control," Brooks said. "Hernandez has cemented his place as a Day 1 pick with an A+ workout at the combine." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares him to Bills G Richie Incognito, and an NFC area scout said, "He's exactly what you are looking for in terms of his work ethic and how much he loves the game."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 7:59 PM

UTEP G Will Hernandez unofficially recorded 37 reps on the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Hernandez (6'2/327) is your current combine leader on the bench press board with his 37 reps, followed by Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson and Auburn G Braden Smith, both of whom turned in 35 reps in the event. Not only does Hernandez have strength in spades, he also receives high reviews for his attitude, toughness and drive to improve. He already turned in a strong Senior Bowl practice week a month prior to arriving in Indianapolis for the combine.
Mar 1 - 3:48 PM

UTEP G Will Hernandez arrived at the NFL Combine weighing 327 pounds, down 13 pounds from the Senior Bowl.

Assuming Hernandez is healthy and an illness or injury didn't cause the weight loss, dropping pounds is a common strategy for the NFL Combine. Simply put, a lighter body moves more quickly. Hernandez's playing weight could be closer to 340, as he produced a great week at the Senior Bowl.
Feb 28 - 9:46 AM

Palm Beach Post writer Jason Lieser believes that UTEP G Will Hernandez "makes sense" for the Dolphins.

Lieser doesn't believe the Dolphins would target the Dolphins with their first-round pick (11th), but could make sense in the second round. He also points out that guard is one of the most unsettled positions on the Miami roster at this point. Hernandez's dominant senior season and strong play in the Senior Bowl may have pushed him into the first round, but this could be a natural fit if he does fall to the 43rd pick this spring.
Feb 4 - 11:59 AM

UTEP hired McKendree University OC Matt Rahl to serve as recruiting coordinator.

Prior to accepting this job with the Miners, Rahl had been with McKendree University for the past four campaigns. His most pertinent past gig to his new responsibilities at UTEP came with Wyoming, when he served as director of recruiting from 2009-13.
Source: Miner Rush
Feb 2 - 4:46 PM

UTEP hired Oregon State graduate assistant Josh Ogelsby to serve as offensive quality control coach.

Ogelsby turned in three years with Oregon State before accepting this UTEP gig. He got his coaching career booted up serving as a graduate assistant at Wisconsin (2013-15) after playing tackle for the Badgers from 2007-11.
Source: Miner Rush
Feb 2 - 4:29 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller named UTEP G his "Practice MVP" for his week at the Senior Bowl.

Hernandez played one one of -- if not the -- worst teams in college football in 2017, but Hernandez (6'2/340) was still considered one of the best interior prospects in the country, and he apparently showed why in Mobile. "The Senior Bowl can be skewed toward the offensive line when it comes to dominating in one-on-one drills, but Hernandez was flat-out unbeatable," Miller writes. "It was the best offensive line performance I've seen since Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys showed up and whipped everyone." If other teams viewed Hernandez in the same light, he's going to be one of the first offensive lineman off the board come this spring.
Jan 28 - 1:46 PM

UTEP signed three-star 2018 JUCO QB/WR Kai Locksley.

Locksley was a four-star dual-threat quarterback prospect who originally signed with Texas, but then transferred to Marshall before ultimately signing with Iowa Western Community College. He put up monster numbers at that level, running for 19 touchdowns and throwing for another 16. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback could be a candidate to immediately play for UTEP in the 2018 season.
Jan 15 - 9:30 PM


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