Jaguars go defense to start 3rd round, draft S Andre Cisco

Syracuse Orange defensive back Andre Cisco #7 (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange defensive back Andre Cisco #7 (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars started the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft just like they did with the second round by picking a defensive back. They used the 65th overall pick to select Andre Cisco, a safety from Syracuse University.

Cisco was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2018 and on the NCAA freshman All-American Team.

In 2019 he started nine games but missed three due to injury. In 2020, he started two games before he accidentally collided with a teammate and broke his ACL in game three pre-game warmups. Unfortunately, it ended his season prematurely.

It’s worth mentioning that Cisco was a three-year starter as a true junior. That’s impressive for a player from a power five conference school. Had he not been injured and played comparable to his first two years, he may well have been selected much earlier. If he recovers from his ACL injury and is healthy this will be a very good pick.

At Syracuse, Cisco had 12 interceptions in his first two years and added two forced fumbles. He had 136 total tackles during his college career, 94 of which were solo.

What does Andre Cisco bring to the Jaguars?

Cisco measures in at 6-feet tall and weighs 216 pounds. Many scouts regard him as the best playmaking safety prospect in this draft class but unfortunately for him, his draft stock took a dramatic hit due to injury.

He’s a ball hawk who can thrive down in the box and in the downfield territory. He has good instincts, speed, and is an explosive hitter. Other than injury, the only other downside is really his tacking skills.

So far through the draft, the Jaguars are picking players to fill their biggest needs while also paying attention to value and where they draft them. All of the players they have draft thus far should see significant playing time this upcoming season.

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