When discussing the draft, Green Bay Packers fans have become obsessed was a prospect’s Relative Athletic Score (RAS). Almost to a fault, the fanbase will discount a potential draft choice if his RAS score isn’t up to snub. In which case, a ton of talented wide receivers aren’t going to be on Green Bay’s draft board next week if fans had their way. Well, if the Packers are as unyielding toward RAS scores as the fans have come to believe, Stanford wide receiver Simi Fehoko is just the right “type” of player this team looks for.
At 6-3, 222 pounds, Fehoko was one of the best testers among wide receiver prospects in the 2021 draft class. His RAS score of 9.17 ranks 10th among this year’s group of pass-catchers. He also fits the team’s mold for wide receiver, which consists of being tall, long, and having good straight-line speed. Fehoko ran a 4.44 in his 40-yard dash.
Fehoko is projected as a day three pick, which also makes Green Bay a favorable landing spot for no other reason than the team choosing not to prioritize the position in the past. General Manager Brian Gutekunst has selected only three wide receivers. All of which were in 2018 and drafted in the fourth round or later. Therefore, prime Fehoko territory.
This could be the year the Packers choose to address wide receiver sooner than usual. Outside of Davante Adams, the cupboard is looking pretty bare beyond next season. However, the team also has pressing needs at offensive tackle and corner. When it comes time to make a decision, Gutekunst may be coerced into waiting to select a wide receiver yet again.
If Green Bay doesn’t select a wide receiver until day three, Fehoko is a player to keep an eye on. In three seasons at Stanford, he caught 62 passes for 1,146 yards and nine touchdowns. Last season, Fehoko hauled in a career-high 32 receptions, totaling 574 yards in just six games.
In the NFL, Fehoko will be highly coveted due to his blend of size and athleticism. However, his route running needs work, and his body of work isn’t all that impressive. But hey, look at that RAS.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown are two receivers who have stuck around from Gutekunst’s inaugural draft in 2018. Both happened to score very well in terms of RAS. Valdes-Scantling scored a 9.27 out a of possible 10.0, and St. Brown recorded a 9.84. Fehoko isn’t far behind.
As far as what he does well, Fehoko is a blazer. He can stack corners and continue to run by them while tracking the football. He also has a wide catch radius, which comes in handy when earning the trust of one Aaron Rodgers. Fehoko can pluck balls away from his frame and bring it in over the outstretched hands of a defensive back. He also has a ton of upside as a special teams contributor, especially as a gunner.
So, if you like RAS scores and you’re looking for potentially a future wide receiver for the Packers in this year’s draft, get yourself acquainted with Fehoko. He could find himself in Green Bay in the near future.
Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.