3 Cowboys 2021 draft picks who can make their marks in 2022

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Simi Fehoko, Cowboys
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1. Simi Fehoko, WR

This Stanford product was drafted in the fifth round. With several strong receivers this past season, it’s understandable that Fehoko didn’t get much playing time. However, Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson are both free agents, and there have been talks of Amari Cooper being cut. If any of that happens, Fehoko needs to be ready to take snaps as a receiver.

In his final year at Stanford, Fehoko was named to the first-team All-Pac-12 with 574 receiving yards in six games. He offered a blend of height, speed, and weight that the Cowboys were clearly interested in. Fehoko was on the practice squad for most of the season, and he will definitely need more reps and improvement to get his chance on the field.

It’s likely the rookie won’t get a ton of snaps next season. However, if there are big changes at receiver this offseason, Fehoko needs to be ready. And based on recent interviews, the rookie seems to want the opportunity for a bigger role. He’s already been chatting with McCarthy to see what he can do. The 25-year-old said this to 105.3 The Fan in one of their podcasts:

"“I’ll have a bigger role, I’d say, in the offense and in special teams. Talking with head coach McCarthy, he was saying, ‘Potentially, this year, you gain a little bit more weight and we can use you as more like a hybrid tight end-receiver-type body,’ which I have no problem doing. I played at a lot heavier weight in college. They made me lose weight here, so obviously gaining weight and playing at a higher weight isn’t a problem.”"

If all three of these players earn their snaps next year, they can definitely prove themselves and make an impact during the 2022 season. However, a lot of that will depend on roster changes made this offseason.

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