4. Drafting Will Hernandez in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft
Many draft experts believed that Will Hernandez projected as a first round draft pick as a guard coming out of the University of Texas-El Paso. However, Dave Gettleman was able to draft Hernandez in the second round of the 2018 draft and he has not disappointed.
Following a solid rookie season, that had Hernandez ranked only behind All-Pro rookie guard Quenton Nelson at the position, Hernandez came into 2019 rated as a top ten guard in football by Pro Football Performance. The young guard has played with a mean streak, acting as the enforcer for the offensive line. Despite thriving in that role, he was impressively only called for one penalty in 1,027 snaps as a rookie last year.
This season has seen a slight decline in play from Hernandez, but he remains ranked in the top ten amongst guards by PFF in regards to pass protection rating, with a grade of 79.3. It appears that New York has a potential Pro Bowl caliber guard for on their roster for the foreseeable future, undoubtedly a victory for Gettleman.