Former Syracuse Football Safety Officer Andre Cisco was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2021 NFL draft on Friday night. The Junior Ballhawk finished 65th overall and is the first Orange player to step off the board. It will be SU’s earliest pick since then Justin Pugh (first round, 19th overall) in 2013.
Cisco is leaving Central New York after a successful 24-game career. During that time, he recorded 13 interceptions with 136 tackles nationwide, including two for loss, 29 pass diversions, two forced fiddles, and one fiddly recovery. He received All-American honors from a handful of outlets after a breakout season for real newbies in 2018, as well as a variety of All-American inclusions in the preseason for the 2020 season.
Cisco, a New York native from Valley Stream, announced itself in mid-October, two weeks after a Freak ACL injury shortened his junior season with the orange.
“T.I’ve dreamed about this since I was 8 years old and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity, even under the unfortunate circumstances, “Cisco said during its video announcement.” I gave everything I got to this school and the church gave it back ten times. I can’t wait to make you guys proud. Let’s play ball. “
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Cisco’s path to the NFL began in high school when he switched from St. Anthony’s High School on Long Island at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The move increased Cisco’s recruiting presence, prepared it for the regulated college ball lifestyle, and gave him the opportunity to land SU’s first freelance security job as an absolute freshman early enrollment in the spring of 2018. That fall, he sat up nationally the map, took the national lead in interceptions at seven and became the only real newcomer among 50 players selected as a Walter Camp All-American.
Since his college career, Cisco has trained and rehabilitated in Los Angeles. He only bench press on the SU Pro Day and only recently started field work at full speed.
“I own what I recorded on tape, and I obviously have a lot of production that will help me out when it comes to getting evaluated for design,” Cisco said after Pro Day. “I think that’s what makes me stand out in this class – what I’ve done in terms of the number of games. I’m proud of that and something that a lot of people notice.”
With Cisco off the board, Orange defenders Ifeatu Melifonwu and Trill Williams are still waiting for their names to be revealed.