With the thirtieth pick in the 2018 Steven Ridley NFL Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select:
Will Hernandez; Offensive Lineman from the University of Texas, El Paso.
Initially, upon making this Mock Draft of mine, I had initially slotted Will to be a top 20 pick; namely with the Dallas Cowboys. Hernandez, Frederick and Martin comforting the NFC’s best would be a more smoothing feeling for those among in the Cowboys nation. However, the issue with picking Hernandez that high is the fact that, after Calvin Ridley, the drop off is unusually strong in terms of talent. Furthermore, teams who are desperate in Round two for receiving help will happily take the likes of whomever is left from there. That being said and, Dak needing a trusty, reliable target more than ever, Ridley was the selection.
Regarding what Minnesota receives in Hernandez, it is quite simple; brute force. The NFC North is home to arguably some of the games best defensive lines. Furthermore, acquiring the likes of Kirk Cousins means this pick is more essential. Add the fact that Dalvin Cook will be coming back from injury and Will Hernandez will make the Minnesota Vikings one of the NFL’s top teams as a line consisting of newly acquired Rley Rieff, Nick Easton, Pat Elflein, Will himself, and Mike Remmers will be more than enough of a match for not just the division’s defensive front seven’s but the conferences no less.