Cowboys address biggest need first in new seven-round mock 2.0

Patrick Surtain II, Alabama Crimson Tide, (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Patrick Surtain II, Alabama Crimson Tide, (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Andre Cisco, Syracuse Orange
Andre Cisco, Syracuse Orange, (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

Round 3, pick 75, Andre Cisco, Safety- Syracuse

The Dallas Cowboys made what was arguably their biggest move yet (at the time of this writing) of the offseason when they signed safety Damontae Kazee. Kazee led the league in interceptions with seven back in 2018 and established himself as a playmaker for the Atlanta Falcons before suffering a season-ending torn Achilles injury last season.

Hopefully, he can return to form with Dallas where he will be reunited with his former head coach Dan Quinn, the current defensive coordinator for the team. However, even with the signing of Kazee and the signing of safety Jayron Kearse the team still needs a long-term answer at the safety position, a position the team has often ignored recently.

The Cowboys try to address this need in the third-round by selecting Syracuse safety Andre Cisco. The 21-year old established himself as a ball-hawking safety early in his collegiate career by nabbing a jaw-dropping 12 interceptions in his first two years in college football. Like Kazee, he led his league (NCAA) in interceptions in 2018 with seven.

The six-foot, 209-pound defender is the prototypical size of an NFL safety and is one of the best players the position has to offer in this draft class. Cisco had one interception and 11 total tackles last year in two games played.

The Cowboys secondary was one of only seven last year to allow opposing passers to throw for a passer rating of 100 or better. The unit has only managed to get a pathetic 17 interceptions over the past two seasons. Clearly, the team would benefit from potentially adding a playmaker of Cisco’s caliber.

The Dallas Cowboys get a solid safety prospect here in the third-round while potentially finding an answer to the future of the position. The team also potentially adds another playmaker, something the team is in dire need of on the defensive side of the ball.