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Redshirt senior FB Winston Dimel is transferring from Kansas State to UTEP as a graduate.

Because he's leaving with his degree, Dimel (6'1/235) will be immediately eligible to play for the Miners in 2018. He'll get a chance to play for his father, new UTEP coach Dana Dimel. He's considered on of the best fullbacks in the country, and ranks as the top player at the position on Mel Kiper Jr's draft boards. At the very least, this makes UTEP better in the run game, and Dimel can also help as a red-zone runner -- he ran for 12 touchdowns as a sophomore -- and potentially as a receiver out of the backfield.
Jun 11 - 4:44 PM

Giants selected UTEP OG Will Hernandez with the No. 34 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

After drafting Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall, the Giants had to address the offensive line, and they got a good one at the top of the second round. Hernandez (6’2/327) made 49 starts at left guard for the Miners, earning second-team All-American as both a junior and senior. Short-armed (32") but a competent athlete with 43rd-percentile SPARQ results, Hernandez’s game tape reveals a mauling blocker with the power to move defensive linemen in the run game and enough agility to protect the pocket. He pumped 37 bench-press reps in Indy, most among guards. Hernandez profiles as a high-floor, immediate starter with a chance to become one of the league’s better all-around guards.
Apr 27 - 7:17 PM

NFL Media's Gil Brandt has UTEP G Will Hernandez as his highest ranked player remaining after Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

Brandt had Hernandez as his 15th overall player, 10 spots ahead of Notre Dame T Mike McGlinchey who was selected ninth overall by the San Francisco 49ers. Brandt said Hernandez is "a top character person who will play at a high level for a long time in this league. He's very strong (37 lifts at the combine) and excels in both run-blocking and pass protection." Brandt was higher on Hernandez then most as he was projected to be a late Day 1 or early Day 2 selection. He should come off the board fairly early in the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 10:17 AM

An anonymous scout believes that UTEP G Will Hernandez could go in the first round on Thursday.

"He’ll be a mauler-brawler," said the scout. "He overpowers everybody. I think he’s going first round. Hernandez is a man, and he’s mature like a man." While none of the scouts in McGinn's report have concerns about Hernandez ability, there is some concern about the mental side, as he didn't test well in the Wonderlic. Still, the 6-foot-2, 327-pound lineman is NFL ready, and that makes him a candidate to go late in the first or not long after in the second.
Apr 26 - 2:57 PM

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


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