Very patient in run coverage and doesn't go in too fast. Reads the quarterback's eyes very well and always has a good sense of where the ball is. Good parallel speed to keep up with the play. When the ball comes to him he plays it very well, and is always an interception threat. Cisco works best when he's able to patrol the secondary and hunt for the ball. Highly productive with getting interceptions and breaking up passes.
Can get turned around easily in coverage, especially when the ball is in the receiver's hand. His biggest issue, struggling to turn his hips, translates into a lot more problems. Fails to make quick cuts and get the tackle. Backtracks well but can't turn into tight coverage on go routes. Due to this, he can get shaken off quickly in zone coverage by fast receivers on the deep ball. Doesn't always wrap up on tackles.
2020 lower leg injury out for season, later opted out.
2019: Louisville 2020: UNC
Cisco was known in college for being a ball hawk, grabbing 13 interceptions during his career. He played in Syracuse's zone heavy defense, where he was able to move freely in the secondary, and fly to make plays with a good sense of timing. He has a very aggressive playstyle and comes up with a lot of interceptions, but needs some work. He struggles when asked to play man, and is usually limited to zone coverage. He can't turn his hips quickly, and will drift on a lot of plays. He isn't a reliable tackler, and will try to go for big hits instead. However, he does have an innate ability to get to the ball and breakup the pass, a trait which is valued in safeties. He has the ability to add to his game and will need to if he wants to be a top safety. His abilities in zone coverage and high production will make him a target for teams on draft day, and could go as high as the third round.
Light on his feet and moves them fast. Backpedals very quickly and smoothly when going straight. Lateral ability is heavily limited by poor change of direction.
Big Play Ability
Doesn't have fluid hips and can't change direction quickly. Has been beat on a lot of tight throws because of it. Comes up with a lot of interceptions, and is explosive while playing zone. Can get to guys quickly. Didn't play much man coverage at all, and didn't jump off the page when he was doing so.
His ability to close on the ball carriers and make plays on the ball in the air are negatively affected a considerable amount by his turning issues. However, he can be patient and make up for it with some nice closing speed. He has excellent ball skills and can come up with an interception on any play. He is always a threat for a turnover or breakup.
Hard hitter, really engages with blockers fiercely. Elite range, patrols the secondary and flies into make tackles with good timing. Inconsistent tackler and will sometimes try to go for a shoulder hit rather than wrap up the ball-carrier.
Engage with blocks
Highly aggressive. Interception machine and always a threat to take the ball.