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The 49ers select S Talanoa Hufanga out of USC with Pick No. 180 in the fifth round.

More help for the secondary

Oregon Ducks defeated the USC Trojans 31-24 to win the PAC 12 Championship. Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

The 49ers selected safety Talanoa Hufanga with the No. 180. Hufanga feels like more of a hybrid type of player who lives and excels around the line of scrimmage. Hufanga is a player who plays with a ton of confidence and has an alpha mentality.

He’s physical and aggressive, sometimes in ways that hurt him. There’s no denying Hufanga’s playmaking skills, though. In 20 targets last year, Hufanga had four INTs and five pass breakups. The ball finds him.

If DeMeco Ryans plans to run a lot of dime defense, then Hufanga is an ideal fit. He can blitz, cover, and tackle. You don’t want Hufanga playing the deep third, but that’s what Jimmie Ward, Tarvarius Moore, and Jaquiski Tartt are on the roster for.

Hufanga did not test well:

He also has a serious injury history, which is why he was still available.

Hufanga suffered a broken collarbone as a freshman, concussion and shoulder sprain in ‘19 but no issues in 2020 when he won Pac 12 DPOY honors. At this point in the draft, it’s a low-risk, high-reward scenario for the Niners.