3 possible Panthers trade targets from the New York Giants

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Will Hernandez
(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Will Hernandez /
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Will Hernandez – OL

The Carolina Panthers go into the new season with plenty of uncertainty surrounding their offensive line. This is especially evident in the interior. And these concerns were further heightened by the decision to trade away perennial Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner in exchange for veteran left tackle Russell Okung.

This has left John Miller, Michael Schofield, and Dennis Daley fighting it out for the two guard positions at camp. But a longer-term solution to this area of the field is going to be needed sooner rather than later.

Will Hernandez is someone who has really caught the eye for the New York Giants over the last two seasons. The interior lineman did suffer his fair share of growing pains as a rookie. But his play did enough to secure an encouraging 67.9 grade from Pro Football Focus.

This is something that came with a slight decline in 2019. Hernandez gave up two sacks and four penalties from 1,068 snaps last season for a 58.4 PFF grade. But the former UTEP star has enough skills at his disposal to become the long-term starter that the Panthers are looking for at the position.

Hernandez is incredibly well built at 6-foot-2 and 327 pounds. And this is matched by a competitive edge that really comes across on almost every down.

There is nothing to suggest that Hernandez cannot make big strides during his third year. And this might also increase his trade price which might put the Panthers off.