The New York Giants signed second-round draft pick Will Hernandez, the team announced Friday.
The Giants also signed quarterback Kyle Lauletta, giving them three signed picks. Third-round selection Lorenzo Carter became the first of the team’s draft class to sign on Thursday.
The 6-foot-2, 327-pound Hernandez was among the top guards in the draft class and will be looked upon to help boost a running game that was among the worst in the NFL last season.
Hernandez started all 49 games at UTEP and continued to open eyes after his senior season. He had a terrific showing at the Senior Bowl and followed that up by lifting the 225-pound bar a staggering 37 times at the NFL Combine.
Lauletta, a fourth-round choice out of Richmond, is expected to compete for the backup job. He was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl after finishing 8 of 12 for 198 yards and three touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3, 217-pounder threw for more than 3,000 yards in each of the past three seasons, including 3,737, with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, as a senior. He was 24-12 as a starter.
“He is not going to wow you with the physical tools, but you watch the tape and it shows an efficient passer. He’s quick, he can scan the field, he understands timing, he understands placement. He’s accurate, he’s tough, he’s intelligent,” said NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler.