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Syracuse DB Andre Cisco drafted by Jacksonville in third round of NFL Draft

Former Syracuse football defensive back Andre Cisco was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Jaguars picked Cisco with the 65th overall pick Friday night, making him the Orange’s highest drafted player since 2013 when Justin Pugh was taken with the 19th pick.

Cisco was ranked as the second best safety in the draft behind Trevon Moehrig (Las Vegas Raiders), according to ESPN. He was the fourth safety chosen.

“He’s got outstanding eyes and range from the middle of the field,” NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said during the broadcast. “That’s where he’ll be.”

Cisco proved he was a standout at his position and won several awards throughout his three-year career at Syracuse. He was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and a third-team Associated Press All-American as a true freshman, tying for the FBS lead with seven interceptions. He also tied for eighth in the country with 18 passes defended.

Cisco produced again in 2019, garnering second-team All-ACC honors and tying for seventh in the nation with five interceptions and for the team lead with 10 passes defensed (also recording 65 tackles) despite missing three games due to injury.

Cisco was on track to lead the country in interceptions in 2020 until he suffered a lower-leg injury that ended his junior season, and the remainder of his football career at Syracuse. Had he not been coming off an injury, his draft stock was sure to be higher.

“When they get him healthy, this guy is a legit playmaker,” ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick said during the broadcast.

Cisco totaled 13 career interceptions, tying Walt Slovenski for fourth on the school’s all time list.

The Jaguars selected the dynamic Clemson duo of quarterback Trevor Lawrence (first overall) and running back Travis Etienne (No. 25 overall) in the first round. Their second round picks were Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell and Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little.