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Can Andre Cisco overcome injury woes to become Washington’s free safety of the future?

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2021 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the WFT

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Cisco, S

School: Syracuse University | Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

College Experience: Junior | Age: 21 (Week 1)

Height / Weight: 6’0” 203 lbs

Projected Draft Status: Mid 2nd round - 3rd round

Player Comparison: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

College Statistics

Player Overview

Andre Cisco is one of the best safety prospects coming out of Syracuse since Justin Pugh. Despite not being highly recruited out of high school, he made All-American selections in several publications in his freshman season. A ball-hawking safety with 13 interceptions and 14 career passes defended. His sophomore and junior season were plagued by leg injuries which limited him to nine games and two games respectively. Although he projects to be a boundary, single high safety, he was used all over the secondary in Syracuse, primarily in the box.

Strengths

  • Great size for free safety.
  • Elite ball skills (13 interceptions, 14 career pass defended)
  • Aggressive in run and pass coverage
  • Good ability on reading plays
  • Good coverage and awareness
  • Explosive hitter

Weaknesses:

  • Aggressiveness leads to missed tackles.
  • Can fall for double moves
  • Has not primarily played in the free safety position.
  • Leg injuries shortened Cisco’s past two seasons.

Let’s See His Work

How Would He Fit

Washington needs a free safety with the kind of eyes, ball skills, and aggressiveness Cisco offers. After rotating free safeties last season due to poor play and injuries, Washington can fortify the secondary with a prospect capable of creating turnovers and defending big plays. If Cisco can stay healthy and learn to lighten up on the aggressiveness, the junior safety can be a gem on an elite defense.