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Talanoa Hufanga NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for San Francisco 49ers Safety

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Southern California safety Talanoa Hufanga runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Ashley Landis/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 6'0 3/8"

WEIGHT: 199


POSITIVES

—Has good short-area quickness.

—Triggers fast to the run. Has a good nose for the ball.

—Does a good job in the blitz. Shows a burst.

—Active hands in pass coverage and tackling.

—Shows good ball skills with the ball in the air.

                  

NEGATIVES

—Heavy footed, has trouble with change of direction with shiftier ball-carriers.

—Ball-carriers can take away his angles and pull away from him in the open field.

—Not overly strong in tackling.

—Struggles downfield in man coverage.

             

2020 STATISTICS

—6 Games: 62 tackles, 4 INT, 1 PBU, 2 FF

               

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OVERALL

Hufanga is a good athlete whose game translates best playing closer to the line of scrimmage. He is a short strider with some hip tightness but does a good job playing to his short-area-quickness ability. He is best in run support when it is between the tackles. When playing over the ball, he lacks the speed to chase some faster ball-carriers to the edge.

Given his burst and toughness, he does well blitzing but lacks rush moves and is best when used in a stunt. Tightness can show when asked to flip hips to get in or out of breaks. Shows the hands to catch balls away from his body. Ultimately, Hufanga lacks the speed needed to play as a deep safety but can find a role underneath and in the box.

GRADE: 7.0/10 (Future Role Player/Spot Starter) Round 4

OVERALL RANK: 172/300

POSITION RANK: S12

PRO COMPARISON: Landon Collins

               

Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings

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