Simi Fehoko, Stanford
Let it be known from this point onward that if I see a draft with Simi Fehoko available for the Cowboys in the sixth round, I will never pass on him. The value and potential he provides for the team seems too significant to pass on this late in the draft; the part of the draft where potential is the most sought-after characteristic of prospects.
The team signed Noah Brown to a one-year, veteran minimum contract and brought Cedrick Wilson Jr back as a restricted free agent. If the team felt their price were to increase the following year, Fehoko can fill in those positions for a fraction of the cost.
Fihoko gives the Dallas Cowboys a big body threat, like Brown, while having better athletic ability and greater versatility to be used in a multitude of ways. As mentioned previously, head coach Mike McCarthy loves big wide receivers. The redshirt junior measured in near 6-feet-4, 222 pounds, and ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash.
In six games this season he caught 37 passes for 545 yards and three touchdowns. Averaging nearly 16 yards per reception, the All-Pac 12 receiver used his big frame and catch radius to catch contested passes downfield.
In a perfect world, the Dallas Cowboys would love to drop back and through passes to the intermediate and deep areas of the field taking advantage of their good offensive line, quarterback, and wide receivers. Fehoko has the athletic ability to beat press and off coverage, solid lateral quickness, and hip fakes to manipulate DBs hips in phase, and is aggressive at the catch competing for contested catches.
The production in six games was good especially accounting for the fact that Stanford continues to be a run-heavy offense from heavier personnel. In this case, as Dallas’s fifth or sixth receiver he could be a player the team grooms in the practice squad or uses in specific deep threat situations to take the top off the defense.