Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 2/33 - Johnathan Cyprien, SS, 6-0, 217, Florida International...The Jaguars entertained trade offers for the pick but only if it was something special. When none came forward, Jacksonville jumped at the chance to grab Cyprien who they were very high on. They like his physical nature and durability. He never missed a college game while posting career totals of 365 tackles, 13.5 tackles for lost yardage and seven interceptions. Cyprien has long arms and with his size is the ideal makeup of what Gus Bradley wanted in the secondary. - The Sports Xchange
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06/18/13 - Safety Johnathan Cyprien and cornerback Dwayne Gratz signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are counting on both rookies to help revamp their secondary.
Cyprien was a second-round pick out of Florida International, where he was a four-year letterman and finished his career with 365, 13.5 tackles for loss, a school-record six forced fumbles and seven interceptions.
The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year was rated as the No. 29 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and the top strong safety available in April's draft.
NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang compared Cyprien to Green Bay's Morgan Burnett and predicted Cyrpien may struggle through some growing pains in coverage but should develop into one of the league's top young safeties before long.
04/29/13 - A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 2/33 - Johnathan Cyprien, SS, 6-0, 217, Florida International...The Jaguars entertained trade offers for the pick but only if it was something special. When none came forward, Jacksonville jumped at the chance to grab Cyprien who they were very high on. They like his physical nature and durability. He never missed a college game while posting career totals of 365 tackles, 13.5 tackles for lost yardage and seven interceptions. Cyprien has long arms and with his size is the ideal makeup of what Gus Bradley wanted in the secondary. - The Sports Xchange
04/29/13 - Coach Gus Bradley got the defensive guy he wanted and the Jaguars got a much-needed defensive back with the first pick of Friday's second/third round of the NFL draft. Safety Jonathan Cyprien had been high on the Jaguars' watch list, especially after his stock was solidified with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl this year.
Bradley smiled when asked if it felt good to get a defensive player, after the Jaguars took offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with their first pick in the draft the day before. Bradley has a defensive background, having served as Seattle's defensive coordinator before the Jaguars hired him this past January. "He's got a passion for the game," Bradley said. "The loudness, it was hard for me to hear him on tape but he is very animated. He just enjoys it. He loves to play the game. I think he's going to add to what we have here and the attitude that we're looking for."
While he's got the defensive background, Bradley admits he has to look at the big picture now that he's in charge of everything. "I look at it as the whole thing now as a head coach," he added. "I feel really good about our picks. Mainly like we said before because these guys are really into football and that's what we're going to build here. We're going to build a team full of guys that are really into ball and want to get better. When you meet him and get a chance to sit down and visit with him you'll see how he's really wired." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 32. S, Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International (6-0, 217, 4SR)...A Louis Delmas-like safety prospect, Cyprien is overaggressive at times and takes a lot of chances. But he is a physical striker with the range to hold up in coverage. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 46. Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International: The ultra-physical Cyprien was dynamic in Mobile, which erased my previous concerns about his level of competition, but speed (4.64) is a concern. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS: 5. For the first time since 2007, at least three safeties will be drafted in the first round...The NFL has become a pass-happy league and with tight ends becoming more popular with the emergence of players like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, tough-cover safeties are growing in popularity for teams. Historically, it's not a position that is highly sought after in the first round, but that's starting to change. This draft doesn't have a Sean Taylor or Eric Berry type of safety prospect who will be considered in the top five overall picks, but Kenny Vaccaro (Texas), John Cyprien (Florida International), Matt Elam (Florida) and Eric Reid (LSU) will all be considered in the 15-32 range. All four of those prospects have flaws, but they play a position that is growing in popularity and teams aren't shy about taking one early. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/16/13 - 2013 Florida International Pro Day: Twenty-five teams were represented at Florida International on March 8, including the Miami Dolphins defensive back coach, to watch 19 FIU and 11 small-school players perform drills outdoors on a grass field. John Cyprien, FS (6-1; 208 pounds) - Cyprien elected not to do the vertical “for personal reasons” but went on to leap 9-feet-11 in the broad jump. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 and 4.64 seconds. His time was 4.44 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.01 seconds for the three-cone drill. He did 18 reps at 225 pounds. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/07/13 - 2013 FIU Pro Day: The first South Florida college player projected to get chosen in April’s NFL Draft doesn’t come from the University of Miami but Florida International University. And new Golden Panthers head coach Ron Turner hopes to keep it that way for years to come. Turner watched from the stands at FIU Stadium as safety Jonathan Cyprien conducted his Pro Day workout Thursday before scouts representing all 32 NFL teams. One of them told FOXSports.com that Cyprien, who ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.6 seconds, was a likely mid-round pick. Some media mock drafts have Cyprien being chosen as early as the second round following a strong January showing at the Senior Bowl.
No prospects from the University of Miami program — a one-time national powerhouse that has fallen on tough times — were generating that type of draft buzz earlier in the day when the Hurricanes conducted their Pro Day workout cross-town in Coral Gables. “I know the (NFL) guys love him,” Turner told FOXSports.com about Cyprien. “Everyone I’ve talked to feels really good about him and I can see why. He’s a really good player.”
Turner will be working with a large crop of new players in his first season replacing Mario Cristobal as FIU’s head coach. Cyprien and defensive end/outside linebacker Tourek Williams, who is projected as a late-round pick, are among nine defensive starters from last year’s squad who are departing. The entire offensive line and all of FIU’s specialists are gone as well. - Alex Marvez, FOX Sports
03/01/13 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 8 - Texas A&M, Florida International, Mount Union ...Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien sat out of most of the drills at Lucas Oil Stadium last week due to a hamstring strain, but he expects to do a full workout on campus. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: While many expect Texas' Kenny Vaccaro to be the first safety drafted in April, Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien has been gaining momentum all season. And with a strong pre-draft process, it wouldn't be surprising if he supplants the Longhorn defensive back as the top safety in this class for several teams. Cyprien is an aggressive striker with the speed to cover in space and the physical demeanor to be a force vs. the run. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com