Well two years with Andre Cisco came and went quickly. After one more season, the rising junior will probably be off to the NFL. If there was ever a diamond in the rough discovered by Dino Babers, it was Cisco.
Cisco enters the 2020 season as the FBS active leader in interceptions with 12. He’s also second in the FBS in passes defended per game, averaging 1.27. At safety Cisco has been able to do what he does best, find the football and take it the other way. He did that seven times his freshman season. In just nine games last year, he still finished with 5 interceptions.
Cisco can also transition to multiple looks in a defensive scheme – which he’ll need to do under Tony White’s 3-3-5 defense. In the past two years, Cisco has shown he can serve as a safety manning a single-high look, where he gets to roam around making plays. This is probably what he’s best at. But he’s also able to work in the slot and cover wide receivers all the way downfield.
After one more year in Orange, Cisco will be off to the NFL in all likelihood – making plays for professional teams. Syracuse will be forced to replace its best playmaker, regardless of position. On a defense that was downright awful last season with Cisco, that’s a huge question mark a couple of years down the road.
The last Syracuse defensive back drafted in the first round was Will Allen in 2001. If Cisco improves his tackling – wrapping up instead of going for a booming hit – he could easily become the next SU first round pick. If that happens, there’s sure to be a few more errant passes land in his grasp before he walks across the stage to shake hands with the commissioner of the NFL. Those almost certain interceptions are much-watch for Syracuse fans who don’t want to miss the last of Cisco lining up with a block S on the side of his helmet.