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New York Giants Select Will Hernandez 34th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft

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After two years of NFL speculation and extra day of waiting, Will Hernandez found his NFL home, as he was drafted in the second round with the 34th overall pick by the New York Giants Friday evening.

Hernandez started and played in 49 games for UTEP, becoming the first UTEP athlete to garner back-to-back AP All-American honors.

The Las Vegas native was a dominate force at left guard, and is the highest UTEP player taken in the draft since Thomas Howard was drafted 38th overall in 2006.

Here’s the laundry list of accolades Will racked up as a Miner...

  • 2017 AP All-America Second Team
  • 2017 CBS Sports All-America Second Team
  • 2017 All-Conference USA First Team
  • 2017 AP Midseason All-America Team
  • 2017 Outland Trophy Preseason
  • 2017 All-C-USA Preseason Team
  • 2017 AP Preseason All-American Second Team
  • 2017 The Piesman Preseason
  • 2017 Phil Steele’s Preseason All-American Second Team
  • 2017 Athlon Sports Preseason All-American Second Team
  • 2017 Preseason All-C-USA Football Team
  • 2017 Phil Steele’s Preseason All-American
  • 2017 Phil Steele’s Preseason All-C-USA First Team
  • 2017 Dave Campbell’s Preseason All-Texas Team
  • 2017 Athlon Sports Preseason All-American Third Team
  • 2017 Athlon Sports Preseason All-C-USA First Team
  • 2016 AP All-America Second Team
  • 2016 FOX Sports’ All-American Second Team
  • 2016 All-Conference USA First Team
  • 2016 Pro Football Focus Best Pass Protector
  • 2016 Dave Campbell’s Preseason All-Texas Second Team
  • 2016 ESPN Preseason All-C-USA First Team