The Dallas Cowboys needed an infusion of defensive talent in the 2021 NFL Draft and that’s exactly what they got with eight out of their 11 selections coming on that side of the ball. However, there several offensive pieces added, with two coming on the offensive line.
That leaves one more pick, and this one is from a position group that’s a strength for the Cowboys, wide receiver. In the fifth round, after using their first six picks on defense for the first time in franchise history, the Cowboys added Simi Fehoko out of Stanford, and his 6’4 and 222 pound frame brings a new dynamic to the wide receiver position.
After completing high school in Utah, Fehoko completed a two-year mission in Seoul, Korea as a part of his moron faith. He resumed his collegiate career at Stanford in 2018 but was a very small part of the offense and produced just one reception for six yards. 2019 was a completely different story though as Fehoko showed exactly what made him a four-star recruit coming out of high school.
Fehoko may have only 24 receptions but he gained 566 yards and scored six touchdowns, and his 23.6 yards per catch set a school record. What was also impressive about his season was that he had four games over 90 yards (scored all six touchdowns in those games) and did so on three receptions or less in each.
He would pick up right where he left off during his junior season. Although the Cardinal only played in six games, Fehoko was highly productive. He finished with 37 receptions for 574 yards. His season was highlighted by having his first 100-yard game against Oregon State (who he ironically had his only reception against as a freshman). Also, in his final collegiate game against UCLA, he set a school record with 16 receptions and gained 230 yards (third-most in school history), and scored all three of his touchdowns for the 2020 season. He would be named First-Team All-Pac 12 for his performance.
Even though he had a good career at Stanford, Fehoko realizes that there’s still room for him to grow on the professional level.
“I’m still raw. I’m undeveloped. I really need one person to learn from,” Fehoko said. “And I think that with my God-given abilities and gifts, there’s no reason that I can’t be the best WR in this draft class, if not the league.”
Fehoko being selected by the Cowboys seems like it was destined to happen, which he mentioned during a conference call on Saturday.
“I grew up a Cowboys fan,” Fehoko said.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 3, 2021
Right after his first interaction with the Dallas media, he shared a photo on Twitter of himself in his first Halloween costume as a child, and he was sporting a Troy Aikman jersey and Cowboys helmet.
— Simi Fehoko (@Simi_Fehoko) May 1, 2021
The talented speedster will likely have to contribute more on special teams as a rookie. However, his skill set brings a lot to the Cowboys receiver room and it’ll be interesting to see how he develops.