Cine is a very tenacious football player. He comes downhill with bad intentions once he reads run or sees the ball hit the receiver in the short passing game. Has outstanding play speed which helps him run all over the field to make plays. Can make plays from the opposite side of the field against the run. Is a very sound tackler in between the tackles, at the line, and in open space. Isn't afraid to ger aggresive whether it be with receivers, taking on blocks, or coming downhill to make a tackle.
While he has the speed an athleticism to put himself in position, Cine lacks true ball skills. Relies on his strength to break up passes. Won't see him go up and come down with interceptions very often. Also needs to be more consistent when taking on blocks. Does a good job of getting physical at the point of attack but struggles to disengage at times. Can get too caught up in the fight which leads to him getting pushed out of position. Also want to see what he can do as a blitzer as he wasn't asked to do it much in college.
2021 - Florida, Tennessee, Alabama (National Championship)
Lewis Cine was a highly touted four-star safety out of Trinity Christian High School in Texas that decided to come play for an outstanding defensive football coach in Kirby Smart. He played in all 14 games and made two starts as a true freshman, finishing with 19 tackles, two pass deflections, and one interception. Saw his role increase as a sophomore, becoming a full-time starter. Finished his second season with 52 tackles, one tackle for loss, and three pass deflections. Truly broke out in his third season as a Bulldog as he was a crucial part of the 2021-22 National Championship defense. He started every game and finished the year with 73 tackles, two tackles for loss, nine pass deflections, and one interception. His play helped him earn AP First Team All-SEC and Coaches' Second Team All-SEC honors. It was also good enough for him to declare early and get invited to the 2022 NFL Combine. At the next level, Cine is a safety that I believe is best suited in the box as a strong safety that can be effective in the underneath zone and in run support. However, he has had success as a single high safety and can play it if asked to do so. His speed and tackling ability will also help him to carve out a role on special teams as a rookie. I see him being drafted somewhere in the second round as a player that will definitely be used in the rotation with the ability to earn a starting spot early on. If he goes to the right system and plays to his full potential, Cine can be a very reliable starter in the league for many years to come.
Cine plays with an impressive amount of speed which allows him to fly all over the field to make plays. Has solid foot quickness in his drops and adequate lateral agility to change directions smoothly. Also plays with solid balance in his drops when changing direction. He is a smooth athlete overall. Has solid play strength when making tackles and when battling with receivers in coverage. Delivers some nice pop when taking on blockers and finishing tackles.