Fehoko comes to the Chargers as one of the most popular players in the country, even as an undrafted free agent.
As a senior at Farrington High School, Fehoko was a dominate player along the defensive line. In his final year, he tallied 74 tackles, a staggering 27 tackles-for-loss, 16 sacks, and six forced fumbles. He was named a five-star recruit by Scout.com and a four-star by Rivals and ESPN. He was named the 51st-ranked player in the ESPN 300 and was an invitee to the Under Armour All-American Game.
His career started at Texas Tech where he played his first two seasons. He started all 25 games for the Red Raiders, collecting 46 tackles, 7.5 for loss, two sacks, and an interception across that span. As a freshman, he was named an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection.
Fehoko then transferred to LSU but had to sit out the entire 2017 season due to NCAA restrictions. In 2018, he started eight games and missed four due to injury. Among hose eight starts, Fehoko played six at tackle and two at end. He finished his junior year with 16 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and 1.5 sacks.
In his final year with the Tigers, Fehoko played mainly in a reserve role with four stats in 15 games. He finished the season with a career-high six tackles-for-loss among 17 total stops and a half a sack.
The 6’2, 291-pound defender became a fan favorite during his time in Death Valley after him and family made it a tradition to perform the traditional Haka dance while the team made their way into the stadium. A really cool fact I learned is that Breiden’s father Vili was the live mascot for the University of Hawaii for 10 years. As a child, Breiden joined his father occasionally on the field during halftime performances.
Fehoko has stated he would lilke to work in television after his playing career ends and he most recently spent time during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Media Day working alongside reporters for LSUsports.net.
LSU’s Breiden Fehoko tried on his reporter hat at #CFPPeachBowl media day, with Grant Delpit as his guest.— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) December 26, 2019
BF: “You think I have a future doing this, Grant?”
GD: “Definitely. I can see the potential. But you might want to get a haircut before the next time you go on camera.” pic.twitter.com/B8EaDaDSO4
Unfortunately, he was not one of the 16 players from LSU invited to the NFL combine. However, Fehoko went the extra mile and recorded interviews of himself answering the common questions he expected be have been asked would he have been invited.
In reference to all the different spots along the defensive line that he played, Fehoko made a point to discuss just how valuable that is in a player like him:
“I’ve played everywhere from left end to right end, five-technique, 4i, 3, 2i, shade, head-up zero. I played in the 3-4 scheme, I played in a 4-3 scheme, I played in Bear, so I know different types of techniques that go into playing different positions,” he said. “There’s an art to playing these positions. You can’t play a three-technique the same way you play a 4i inside shade. I feel that’s my best strength. I know how to play different techniques and different styles with the way the game plan is in today’s day and age.”
That versatility will go a long way with a team like the Chargers who prefer their defenders to be well-rounded. At his size, Fehoko is similar to veteran lineman Damion Square who has plenty of experience playing along the interior and at end. The guy is super strong for someone under 300 pounds and proved that with a reported 39 reps on the bench press at the end of an upper-body workout. With that in mind, it’s safe to say he could have 40 or more reps at the combine.
Fehoko relies on his raw power and quick get off to overpower opposing offensive linemen. His favorite move in his pass-rush arsenal is the swim move and that one is usually the preferred choice of guys who are quick enough to rope-a-dope offensive linemen who get too antsy in their stance.
#Chargers UDFA DT Breiden Fehoko (@breidenfehoko4) was a key member of @LSUfootball national championship D-Line and he is talented enough to push for a roster spot in training camp. @seniorbowl scouts loved his energy when we saw him play live last year vs. Florida. pic.twitter.com/OFXbPNHobF— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) May 7, 2020
Only one other defensive tackle was signed by the Chargers which means Fehoko may only have to beat out T.J. Smith and P.J. Johnson for a chance to make the Chargers’ final roster. Right now, Linval Joseph, Justin Jones, Jerry Tillery, and Damion Square are the only four linemen who are sure-fire locks to make this team. Cortez Broughton has shown plenty of potential but spent most of last season injured or on IR with mono. It’s not the easiest situation to navigate, but if Fehoko attacks the process with the same passion he shows on the field, and in that inspiring Haka dance, he may find himself right where he wants to be.