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|Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:32 am Post subject: UTEP's Will Hernandez a small-school blocker with a big chip
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Ali Marpet of DIII Hobart (62nd overall pick in 2015) and even the MAC’s very own Eric Fisher of Central Michigan (1st overall to the Chiefs in 2013) are a few examples of players whose stock was sizzling after Senior Bowl week.,Let’s go with the small-school stigma first. Mobile, after all, has recently become a breeding ground for smaller school linemen to validate their invites and boost their draft stock by looking like they belong against many of the nation’s top seniors — regardless of conference. Forrest Lamp of Western Kentucky (38th overall last year to the Chargers)Authentic Vontaze Burfict Jersey
for example,“I’m absolutely aware of it, but now he can’t do it against,” said Hernandez of the recent small-schoolers making big names for themselves in Mobile. “That’s one of the reasons that I did come to the Senior Bowl. … [NFL evaluators] may be thinking this guy can do this against this school, an SEC school. So I’m just here to prove that he can do it against All-Conference USA players or SEC play.”Authentic A.J. Green Jersey
especially playing inside.,So far,womens Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey so good for Hernandez. He was one of Tuesday’s standouts, showing an awesome combination of power and finishing ability in one-on-one drills. We should note that Hernandez was dominant playing in a phone booth — we’ve yet to see him do a ton in space and try and reach second-level defenders — but the short-ish arm concern he mentioned doesn’t seem like it’ll be an issue,Authentic Paul Dawson Jersey
It wasn’t for LampAuthentic Tyler Kroft Jersey, a bit taller than Hernandez at 6-4 but with 32 ?-arms, as he showed more than enough to convince the Chargers to pounce on him early in Round 2 last spring. Is that the neighborhood Hernandez fits into this year?
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Hernandez — who tries to model his game after a pair of Pro Bowlers in Buffalo’s Richie Incognito and Oakland’s Gabe Jackson — certainly channels their nastiness in looking to finish every block.Authentic Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey<
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If he isn’t motivated by the short arm talk, or someone, in particular, so I had a little bit of a tough time with them — are more than correctable. His work against Ohio State’s Jalyn Holmes, Hernandez is determined to show that some of the struggles he experienced vs. top competition last season — “Nos. 90 and 92 at Oklahoma were great players,Authentic Jake Fisher Jersey, shows he’s onto something, and he’s driving them off the ball.
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