How does injury affect 2021 NFL Draft stock of Andre Cisco?

Andre Cisco 2021 NFL Draft

2021 NFL Draft prospect Andre Cisco  (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Syracuse has been dealt a massive blow with the injury to Andre Cisco

Syracuse Head Coach Dino Babers announced Monday that star safety and 2021 NFL Draft prospect Andre Cisco will miss the remainder of the 2020 season after suffering a lower-body injury in warmups vs Georgia Tech.

Cisco was a favorite amongst draft gurus after notching 12 interceptions in his first two seasons with the Orange. In 2019 alone, Cisco forced six takeaways including one forced fumble and five interceptions earning a Second Team All-ACC for his troubles. In a class with several big-name players at the position, Cisco was vying for a top bid amongst the safeties for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Looking at the tape of Andre Cisco

Cisco’s prowess for taking away the football comes from good eye discipline and instincts in pass coverage with patience on the back end. He has good change of directions skills that allows him to stay in phase in man to man situations despite some inconsistencies in areas such as pad level.

Where he comes up short is in situations where he’s forced make tackles. His technique is a little shoddy as he’ll aim for the ankles at  an angle rather than squaring himself up to the ball carrier. Additionally Cisco lacks the consistent physicality you’d want in a safety which reflects heavily on his ability to tackle.

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Cisco’s absence is a blow for the Orange defense, that will now move Trill Williams to free safety in his stead. The 20-year-old junior will now have a decision to make whether to stay for a final season or declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.