NFL Scouting Combine: 5 biggest winners in 2018 so far

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: USC running back Ronald Jones II runs the 40-yard dash during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: USC running back Ronald Jones II runs the 40-yard dash during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 02: UTEP offensive lineman Will Hernandez in action during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 02: UTEP offensive lineman Will Hernandez in action during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

No. 4: Offensive Guard Will Hernandez, UTEP

While Quenton Nelson is surely the most talked-about offensive line prospect at the NFL Scouting Combine, he didn’t come in first on the bench press.

That accolade went to UTEP guard Will Hernandez, who bested Nelson by two, posting 37 reps of 225 pounds.

Strength is, perhaps, the biggest area of performance for offensive lineman. So finishing tops here is a clear win for Hernandez, who is seeing his draft stock rise from a likely second rounder into the tail end of Round 1 now.

It gets better.

Hernandez posted a solid 5.15 40-yard dash time, which is excellent for offensive linemen. Teams looking for someone to be able to move well in space should consider this.

And his split time, per CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler, looked just as good:

While Nelson is going to be the first guard taken off the board, Hernandez is making a case to be an easy fallback option.