Jonathan Cyprien (FIU)
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Height: 6’0 1/4
40 Time: (pending Combine)
Arm: 30 1/2
Hand: 10 1/8
Wingspan: 76 5/8
Projected Draft Position: 2nd – 4th
One of the biggest standouts at the 2013 Senior Bowl practices, Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien should experience some rising draft stock as April draws near. There may be plenty of other names swirling around at the safety position, but Cyprien is easily the best one you’ve probably never heard of.
At 6’0″, 209 pounds, Cyprien is a physical safety that can really do it all from either spot. He has a good balance in his game in that he can come down and be very effective in the box with a sort of violent style of play, while at the same time having the ability to drop back and play strong outfield. Cyprien recorded an interception in each of his first three seasons before capping last year off with three picks to end his college career.
Pairing nicely with his physicality, Cyprien is aggressive, and fortunately that trait’s more of a gift than a curse. It can, however, lead to bad angles from time to time, but it’s not often. Cyprien understands his position on the field and he has great form on his tackles, lowering his shoulders and using his long arms to wrap up. He also gives off a sense of scrapiness, as he appears to take a liking to tackling and wanting to get in on every snap.
Cyprien can take men off the line in coverage, regularly hanging with tight ends in short space with an effective back pedal that allows him to keep his eyes on the quarterback. He can cover a wide range and his determination to get in on every play is a plus to his game. Great agility and an understanding of the game make up Cyprien’s play recognition and pursuit of the football, regularly disrupting bubble screens and dump-offs.
Cyprien finished his college career with 33 starts, including seven in 2009 as a true freshman. He’s a product of North Miami Beach High School and was a preseason Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt player as a true freshman. He was named Blue Ribbon’s Sun Belt Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and ended up earning unanimous preseason All-Sun Belt Conference First-Team honors from Athlon’s, Blue Ribbon, CBSSports.com, Lindy’s and Phil Steele.
The safety position is best played with high energy, intensity and plenty of confidence — all of which pours out of Cyprien on the football field. He has a lot of good experience from his prep days as All-Dade and District 12-6A First-Team in Miami to his four solid years of breaking school records at FIU.