William “Will” Hernandez, a guard for the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals, was born on September 2, 1995. At UTEP, he played collegiate football. Hernandez started each of UTEP’s 49 games from 2014 through 2017 after sitting out his freshman year in 2013.
Hernandez made the second team of All-Americans following the 2016 season. He was chosen to the C-USA first team following the 2017 campaign. The College Football All-Star Challenge also extended an invitation to him.
Hernandez was taken by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft (34th overall). Hernandez was selected in the second round of the 2018 draft, following Quenton Nelson of Notre Dame (sixth overall).
On May 12, 2018, Hernandez and the New York Giants agreed to a four-year, $7.45 million contract, with $5.08 million guaranteed and a $3.49 million signing bonus.
Hernandez was selected to the PFWA All-Rookie Team after being named the Giants’ starting left guard to begin 2018. He started all 16 games. He was added back to the active roster on November 10.
He did not start at left guard for the balance of the season, losing the job to rookie Shane Lemieux, despite being fully recovered. The Arizona Cardinals signed Hernandez to a one-year contract on March 28, 2022.
How Good Is Will Hernandez?
Will Hernandez, a second-round pick in 2018, was one of the Giant’s offense’s highlights from the previous year. Last season, the left guard rose to the top among supporters.
He also developed into a crucial lineman for Saquan Barkley’s running back run behind. Hernandez then knocks the lineman to the ground, sprints into the defensive backfield alongside Barkley, and manages to block a defensive back from 15 yards out.
Defensive backs are scrambling to get out of the way as a result, and Barkley gains about 10 yards on the screen.