2021 NFL Draft: 5 players Cowboys should keep a close eye on

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Andre Cisco, Syracuse Orange
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2. Andre Cisco, Safety, Syracuse

The Dallas Cowboys have neglected the safety position for quite some time. That is evident by the fact that the organization has not drafted a safety in the first round since it picked Oklahoma’s Roy Williams back in 2002.

This year’s draft class has few, if any, safeties that should warrant a first-round selection. However, there are several promising safeties that the team should keep an eye on later in the draft. One of those players is Syracuse’s Andre Cisco.

The young defender has the versatility to play at either the safety or cornerback position. That versatility should only serve to increase his value for the Cowboys who are in desperate need of players at both positions.

Cisco had a stellar start to his college career at Syracuse. The young defender was able to accrue an astonishing 12 interceptions in his first two seasons and managed to lead the entire NCAA in the category back in 2018 with seven.

His playmaking ability would be something that would instantly improve Dallas’s secondary. The young defender would also potentially get valuable playing time with next season if Dallas decides not to bring back its starting safety Xavier Woods whose contract is expiring.

Regardless of what the team decides to do with Woods the Dallas Cowboys would certainly be served well if they continued to monitor the development of Cisco. His ability to get takeaways would help a struggling Dallas defense. Playing alongside the teams promising second-year safety Donovan Wilson the Syracuse product could help the team reverse its troubling trend of ignoring this important position.