Talanoa Hufanga could bolster the Jacksonville Jaguars safety group.
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t been very good in 2020. In fact, their 1-4 record makes them the worst team in the NFL, that’s why they have clinched the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. On the bright side, they will enter the offseason with plenty of cap space and draft picks to give their roster a facelift. They could use one of those selections on USC safety Talanoa Hufanga.
Hufanga recently opted to forgo his two remaining years of eligibility and has announced his decision to declare for 2021’s draft. The 2020 Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year played in six games this season and logged 62 total tackles (5.5 for a loss), three sacks, and four interceptions.
The junior safety is projected to be a first-round pick next year is USC’s top defensive player and the second-best in the Pac 12, according to Pro Football Focus. Moreover, he made PFF’s Second-Team All America Team in 2020.
Safety is a position the Jacksonville Jaguars could target early.
There’s a 99.99 percent chance the ‘Jags’ will use the draft’s top pick on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but they can’t neglect their defense and must use some of their other ten other selections to add an infusion of talent to that side of the ball, including the safety position.
While they could target someone like Marcus Williams of the New Orleans Saints, the Jaguars could use their second first-round selection, the one they got from the Los Angeles Rams when they traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey in 2019, on a safety prospect like Hufanga, who is should get his name called in the second half of the first round.
Jacksonville’s 2020 record is dreadful, but they will enter the offseason with plenty of cap space and draft picks to give their roster an extreme makeover. This is going to be a tough process and the Jaguars have to get it right if they want to build a solid team. The fact this upcoming class will offer plenty of talented prospects such as Hufanga should make things a bit easier.