NFL scout breaks down Syracuse football DBs

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Syracuse defensive backs Andre Cisco (19) and Scoop Bradshaw (18) celebrate an incomplete pass. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

With the NFL Draft set to begin on Thursday, we caught up with NFL Scout Chris Landry from LandryFootball.com to get his take on Syracuse’s top three prospects Andre Cisco, Trill Williams and Ifeatu Melifonwu.

Landry started as an assistant coach at LSU in the 1980s, and has moved on to various roles as coach, scout and administrator at the college football and NFL levels. He’s operated LandryFootball.com since 2014, and gave his thoughts on each in this week’s edition of The Juice on the Cuse podcast, presented by SNY.tv.

On Cisco:

He’s got great versatility in his size. He’s a late bloomer from the high school ranks, but really came in and did such a good job. Starting three years and being productive is unusual in today’s world. He can line up and cover guys inside and outside. I like his play making instincts. He’s got starter potential in the league.

On Williams:

He’s very talented. The thing that’s a little different is that he doesn’t move as well. His transition speed is not quite as good or as instinctive as Cisco. But he can run and he’s tough. He’s an outside guy only. He can lock on with his physical toughness and turn and run speed as an outside zone corner, or even a nickel safety.

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On Melifonwu:

He’s the best of the bunch. He’s really good. I think he reacts well to plays in front of him. The way he reacts once he sees the play is really good. I think over time he’ll learn how to anticipate better. But you can’t teach his length and fluidity. He’s a press man guy, Cover-3 schemes, like what Seattle runs. You don’t get guys that move like he does that are his size. He’s got the most upside and ability and he’ll be the first guy of the three of the board.

Afterwards, TJO editor in chief Brad Bierman joins me to talk about Syracuse’s upset win over No. 5 Virginia in lacrosse.

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.