The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Andre Cisco 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Andre Cisco Background
Size: 6-foot, 209 pounds
2020 stats: 11 total tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception (2 games played)
Cisco is a three-year starter at safety, who has helped Syracuse get a lot of takeaways over his career. Now, he has opted to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
He wasn’t the best recruit out of high school and decided to go to Syracuse. Cisco was an All-American by several outlets as a freshman with 60 total tackles, seven interceptions and nine passes defended. Syracuse had a banner year with a 10-3 record, which culminated with a win in the Camping World Bowl. As a sophomore, Cisco tallied 65 tackles, five interceptions and five passes defended. The Orange regressed to a 5-7 season, but it wasn’t because of Cisco’s play. For the 2020 season, Cisco played two games before suffering a leg injury and opting out for the rest of the year. He had 11 tackles and one interception, as the Orange had just one win on the season.
Cisco was a major factor for Syracuse at the college level and is now heading to the pros. He is a projected second or third round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Cisco’s best strength is his ball skills. Over the course of his Syracuse career Cisco had 13 interceptions in 24 games. He also logged 14 passes defended. Cisco plays good coverage and demonstrates good awareness. His reaction time is good and he is able to track the ball in the air well. Cisco aggressively goes after the ball and is often times able to pluck it out of the air.
His range allows him to do so many things. He is specifically able to be trusted in deep zones. Whether he is in single-high, cover 2 or any other defensive coverage that puts him deep, Cisco has the speed to hold his own. This also allows him to make plays on the ball at a high rate.
He anticipates well and has solid awareness. Cisco shows a good understanding of where plays are going. This helps him be in the right position to make plays, whether that is in the running game or in the passing game. This makes him really good as a deep zone safety.
While Cisco can lay down some big hits, he also misses way too many tackles. At times he can shy away from contact instead of making the play. Other times he doesn’t wrap up and make a good form tackle. This is apparent in his run defense and pass defense, as players can run through him.
Partially due to his bad tackling, Cisco isn’t great against the run. His awareness usually leads him in the right direction, but he isn’t able to finish the play a lot of times. If he would play as aggressively against the run as he did in coverage, he would be a much more complete safety.
His aggressive play-style is generally a good thing, but it does get him into trouble. He can give up leverage, while trying to jump a route. Cisco also falls for double-moves way too often. He makes plays, but he also gives up big plays because of it. In the NFL, he’ll have to take more measured risks.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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