Five Players for the Packers in the 2021 NFL Draft: Part III

Each Tuesday leading up to the draft, Maggie will highlight five new players that make sense for Green Bay.     

Last year leading up to the draft I wrote a couple of pieces on later-round or likely to go undrafted prospects I thought made sense for the Packers, so I thought I’d do the same thing this year. Instead of trying to target late round selections though, I’m just going to look at players whose fit I like for the Packers. 

This short series leads up to night one, so we’ll get through 25 players before the 2021 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 29th. We’re back this week with the second installment of the series, bringing five new draft prospects to your radar. If you’d like to catch up on the first two parts of this mini series, you can get caught up here. Otherwise, here are five new prospects to keep an eye on:

JaCoby Stevens, S, LSU

JaCoby Stevens is a durable, physical safety who’s at his best making plays closer to the line of scrimmage or in the box. At 6-1, 212lbs, Stevens brings good size to the position and almost projects as a hybrid linebacker in some looks (he played close to 230lbs in college). In his three years at LSU, Stevens had 190 total tackles with 21.5 for loss, 9.5 sacks, and four interceptions. Stevens has experience playing wide receiver in high school and briefly as a freshman at LSU, so he’s got reliable hands when the ball comes his way. His 9.91 unofficial relative athletic score (RAS) with elite explosion also plants him squarely on General Manager Brian Gutekunst’s big board. Stevens has already met virtually with the Packers. 

Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida

Stone Forsythe is an absolute boulder of a man (see what I did there, I’m sure no one has made that joke yet) at 6-8 and just over 300lbs. He played his last 25 games for the Gators at left tackle, but does have experience on the right side. Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network likes his fit best at right tackle at the next level, which happens to fill a major need for the Packers long-term. His 8.77 RAS with great agility fits the mold of a Green Bay lineman. He’s the son of former Bengals offensive lineman Ray Forsythe, and while he might not be NFL-ready right away, he’s a great developmental prospect at swing tackle who could potentially take over the right tackle spot in a season or two. 

Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford 

Simi Fehoko is an intriguing receiver prospect if the Packers are looking to add to the position group. At 6-4, 227lbs, he’s got excellent size to play the position. In his 2020 season at Stanford, Fehoko led the Pac-12 in receiving yards (574) and yards per reception (23.6). He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash, and his elite size boosts his RAS to 9.18. He doesn’t have a ton of starting experience in college, but he does have plenty of raw physical tools (soft hands, big catch radius) to become a nice developmental prospect at the next level who could eventually fill a larger role for offense in 2022. 

Garret Wallow, ILB, TCU

The Packers have given plenty of TCU players looks in the last few years, including Ty Summers in 2019, Vernon Scott in 2020, and undrafted rookie safety Innis Gaines who signed with the team in January. Garret Wallow could be another addition to the defense, bolstering an inside linebacker position with ascending talent but not a ton of proven depth. Wallow has a nose for the football with 295 total tackles and 32.5 tackles for loss in college. He converted to linebacker from safety, which makes it easy to see why his movements are so fluid. He’s a sound tackler who’s strong in coverage and can also dial up the blitz to get after the quarterback. Wallow led the Big 12 in both solo tackles (77) and total tackles 125) in 2019. He also has a great RAS of 8.13 with elite agility, so you know he’ll be on Gutekunst’s radar. 

Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

Since we’re talking about TCU talent, how about a Boston College reunion too? Hunter Long played his college ball with running back AJ Dillon and was a dynamic weapon for the Eagles offense. While he only played in four games his freshman year, Long went on to amass 1,194 yards combined in his sophomore and junior seasons with seven touchdowns. In 2020, he led all college football tight ends with a whopping 89 targets (57 receptions). For what it’s worth, he also posted a RAS of 8.59 with great speed and good explosion. Not only is Long a willing blocker, a necessity in the LaFleur offense, but he’s also able to line up in a number of different alignments on offense. While tight end is almost a luxury for the Packers at this point, given how long the position takes to acclimate at the NFL level, a player like Long makes sense as a developmental prospect with high upside who could learn behind one of the best veterans in the NFL in Marcedes Lewis. 

 

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Maggie Loney is a writer for Cheesehead TV and podcaster for the Pack-A-Day Podcast and Pack's What She Said. Find her on Twitter at @MaggieJLoney.

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greengold's picture

April 13, 2021 at 12:39 pm

Thanks for the heads-up, Maggie!

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April 13, 2021 at 02:48 pm

Stevens is a really good fit. I prefer to stay away from TCU players this year. TE is a wasted pick. I Can see your Stone- wall pick.

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April 13, 2021 at 02:51 pm

Forsooth, methinks you are right.

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April 13, 2021 at 04:32 pm

Wow, the description of Wallow seems like that of a first-round pick. In any case, I like guys who are tacklers.
Let's hope the Packers are targeting guys of character who love the game of football, and seem willing to dedicate themselves to improvement. That seems the shortcut from project to the pro bowl, or at least a solid contributor over a number of years in a satisfying career as part of a winning team.

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April 13, 2021 at 04:44 pm

Being both a Packer and Gator season ticket holder I would like to add my unprofessional expert opinion on Stone F. Having watched every Gator game for years, including Forsythes entire career, I agree with the thought he would be better off as a RT in the nfl. In fact, he was a better RT at Florida than he was at LT but they had no one better to play LT. He started at RT as a sophomore and LT as both a junior and senior. However, he often moved to RT for some snaps each game to allow a younger player with more upside as a true LT to get some snaps. Stone’s weakness is speed rushers, which made him better suited for RT. He improved greatly over the years and if he can get his hands on you he is pretty solid.

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April 13, 2021 at 06:20 pm

Very good detective work. These are interesting players. I've seen games which featured a lot of these guys. The whole LSU defense is good and their secondary always stands out. If Savage goes to the slot CB, then these safeties come into play and nickel LBs make sense to pressure or go with the TE. Thanks, Maggie!

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April 15, 2021 at 08:15 am

Also, that carries me to my decision for the Panthers. With the eighth by and large pick in the 2021 DBN NFL Mock Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Patrick Surtain II, Cornerback, Alabama. Surtain II has practically been the agreement #1 CB all through the whole draft measure, and all things considered.

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April 15, 2021 at 11:54 am

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