Syracuse Security Andre Cisco: Cisco only played two games in 2020 before injuring himself at the end of the season. But the tape in its first two years shows a ball hawk leading the country as a freshman with seven interceptions. He was still in the top 10 (7) in his sophomore year with five picks. The former ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year could count on sheer sportiness, which means he needs a bit of polishing in technical aspects of the game.
Selection: No. 106, No. 130 (via Los Angeles Rams), No. 145, No. 170 (via Cleveland Browns), No. 249 (via Tennessee Titans).
FSU Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen: Free safety is a victim of a suppressed Florida state program during his time and injuries that endured him for most of his senior season. While on the field, Nasirildeen led the FSU in tackles in both 2018 and 2019, while adding four interceptions during his tenure. Nasirildeen spent Senior Bowl week in Mobile helping out his stock. He never shied away from contact or talking, often calling cover and moving people into different positions in secondary school. There is still room for nasirildeen to grow. There is also a high ceiling.
USC safety safety information: Multiple injuries make Hufanga difficult to walk early, but a late attack could be an excellent choice. His size and physicality allow him to cheat the field and work in the box. Basically he’s a security guard who can offer an extra linebacker look in certain packages, which is what he should be doing at USC. Thanks to his four interceptions, he was named the first Team Associated Press All-American in 2020 – 0.67 per game in the Trojan’s shortened season.
Safety in Georgia Richard LeCounte: Star safety for the Bulldogs became a defensive leader during his tenure under Kirby Smirth. In 2019, LeCounte started all 14 games and led the team with four interceptions and 61 tackles, 4.5 defeats, three dropped passes and two forced fiddling. A scary motorcycle accident meant he only played six games in 2020, but his 26 tackles, three interceptions, and four pass separations meant he was named to the first All-SEC team. He is a willing tackler who can play both side by side. If he falls behind, it can be scary and get hit deeply by recipients.
Texas Safety Caden Sterns: The question is not so much whether Sterns fits in terms of the scheme, but rather in terms of production. He’s had 52 tackles, 1.5 defeats, one interception and three abandoned passes in 2020, a decent playmaker on the ball. What will knock Sterns down is his attack. If his former coach Chris Ash (now Jaguars’ defensive coach) can argue that Sterns would help start on special teams, he could feel committed on day three or as a UDFA.
Florida Security Shawn Davis: Davis is a roller coaster ride full of emotion. He has earned a reputation for being a tough hit and is more than ready to take on the big hit. It’s a bit of a risk-reward as at times he can overexert and miss the game, or is so physically dependent that he sacrifices the technical aspects that would make the game successful. He’s also a ball hawk with five interceptions in his last two years. He pulled a muscle that ran his 40-yard shot on Pro Day but was supposed to be salvaged from camp.