Will Hernandez – G
Will Hernandez was a guy the Vikings were strongly tied to as the 2018 NFL Draft loomed. They needed help on the offensive and Hernandez is a big powerful square who seemingly would have filled a long time need at guard.
The Vikings ultimately chose to go with cornerback Mike Hughes. Hughes has been good when on the field but missed the majority of his rookie season with a torn ACL. He finally returned to the Vikings lineup last week and now the Vikings can start getting some return on that first-round investment. Hernandez, since being drafted has started every single game. He struggled early in his career but has improved almost weekly and is now considered a very solid starting-caliber NFL guard.
Rick Spielman was asked about why the Vikings passed on Hernandez last offseason, and he said he wasn’t a fit for their system. That is a load of crock and there is no way the Vikings wouldn’t welcome this guy on their roster with open arms and a big sloppy, wet kiss.
Pat Elflein hasn’t been very good this season. There was hope the move to guard would spark this guy to play the way he did in his rookie season. He has struggled and most of the pressure that Kirk Cousins has seen has come from the left side, and over Elflein in particular. Hernandez and his weirdly rhombus-shaped body would be a huge upgrade and would help Cousins feel much safer. That, in turn, would hopefully lead to him seeing the open receivers down the field that he currently is oblivious to.