Las Vegas Raiders: All-Defense 2021 7-round NFL Mock Draft

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Syracuse safety Andre Cisco. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Syracuse safety Andre Cisco. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

Andre Cisco is a ball-hawk from his safety spot

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In the last two seasons, the Raiders have ranked 30th and 31st in takeaways per game. So on top of being a lousy defense overall, they never made things easier on themselves by getting off the field early.

Andre Cisco is a safety that has a nose for the ball and would bring some serious playmaking to the Las Vegas defense’s back end. As a high safety, Cisco can cover a ton of ground, and when it is time to break on the ball, he is there in a hurry.

He also has the ideal size (6’0, 200lbs) you want from your middle of the field safety.

Now, Cisco isn’t higher because, with that playmaking, there are a few too many gambles he is willing to take. He is a freelancer at times, and that not something coaches are going to like. Also, despite being a very inclined run defender, his tackling form is not always right, which will be an issue.

Cisco is also coming off a season-ending lower leg injury, so medical will have to check out as well.

However, getting someone like Cisco in round four or even earlier in round 3 is a risk worth taking because his playmaking ability is rare. The Raiders would also be getting another member of Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List.

"“Like his teammate Trill Williams, Cisco also has dazzling athleticism. At 6-0, 210, he’s run a 4.33 laser-timed 40, clocked a 4.1 in the shuttle, vertical jumped 36 inches, and benched 225 17 times.”"