Dallas Cowboys Round Four
Talanoa Hufanga – Safety – USC
This part of the draft was an absolute problem spot to pick in. The choices were free safety, strong safety, and running back at the top of the board with a wide receiver and edge from time to time. While edge was the second-most picked player here, Hufanga was at the top of the board more often. Hufanga fits well as a strong safety with some ball skills.
Hufanga is one of those safeties that loves to hit people, but he isn’t an out-of-control safety and will wrap up and not miss many tackles. Against the run, Hufanga comes downhill quickly and looks to stop the running back where they meet. He has the athleticism to line up against tight ends and slot receivers and not make it feel like he is a liability. He is a smart safety who knows the position and can play in a variety of alignments.
Where Hufanga needs work is against smaller, quicker receivers who take advantage of his slight stiffness at times. He will need some development becoming more consistent in turning his hips, but he has shown the ability to do it, which helps. He needs more consistency in tracking the ball but has made good strides year over year.
Other picks: Patrick Jones II and Andre Cisco