Biography: Two-year starter awarded All-American and All-Conference honors as a senior after posting numbers of 68/850/5. Sophomore totals included 34/381/5.
Positives: Exceptional pass catching tight end who's been very productive the past two years. Quickly gets off the line into routes, displays sharpness into breaks, and stays low on exit. Positions himself to make the reception, extends his hands, and catches the ball away from his frame. Plays with outstanding body control, balance, and quickly transitions from making the reception to running after the catch. Follows blocks everywhere on the field and picks up positive yardage. Fundamentally sound pass catcher with both strong and soft hands. Consistently comes away with the ball, making the difficult reception in a crowd. Gives effort blocking and bends his knees, breaking down well and playing with leverage.
Negatives: Not a strong in-line a blocker. May not possess the speed to be a consistent deep threat at tight end.
Analysis: Hernandez is a gifted tight end whose game has progressed the pass in seasons. He offers a lot of upside but size limitations reduce the number of schemes he can be used in. Likely best as a West Coast tight end in a timing offense.
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