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2013 Draft Profile: Jonathan Cyprien

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 24, 2013 – 2:05 pm

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

[Note-This post does not indicate any plans for the draft. It is merely a more in-depth look at a prospect that has been floated around the No. 51 pick in mock drafts.]

We are a little over 24 hours away from the 78th annual NFL Draft commencing at Radio City Music Hall in the heart of the Big Apple.

While the Redskins are currently on the outside looking in at what will be a frenzy of a first round on Thursday night, that doesn’t mean that this draft is a throwaway.

With starters such as Alfred Morris and Perry Riley being selected after the conclusion of the first round, head coach Mike Shanahan has given Redskins Nation a reason to tune in to every round of the draft.

Yesterday, I looked at Mississippi State safety Darius Slay and what he could bring to the Redskins secondary if his name is called by the Burgundy and Gold this weekend.

Since he played for an SEC school that always fights for a spot in end of year top-25 rankings, chance are that you probably saw Slay play at least once during his two years in Starksville.

Jonathan Cyprien from Florida International University, however, is a little known commodity that could bring a big-play mentality to the Nation’s Capital if his name is called.

Cyrprien played four years at FIU. In his first ever game at the collegiate level he faced an Alabama squad that featured current NFL stars Julio Jones and Mark Ingram along with current Redskins receiver Darius Hanks.

From 2010-2012, Cyprien was a full-time starter for the Panthers and finished his final year in The Sunshine State with First Team All-Sun Belt honors after posting 93 tackles and four interceptions.

According to his NFL.com draft profile, Cyprien rates as one of the best safeties (90.6).


“Looks and plays like a strong in-the-box safety with solid thickness throughout his build. Holds his ground against blocks from bigger opponents, and also runs through traffic to wrap up ballcarriers inside (sometimes as a fast edge blitzer). Possesses enough speed and athleticism to cover ground as a zone defender in the back half and line up against slot receivers inside. Closes on stretch runs and quick throws to outside receivers even when playing well back from the line. Beats receiver blocks with quickness or strength.”

If this post is indeed the first time you’ve ever heard of Cyprien, don’t worry. Chances are you’ll hear his name for years to come.

Bottom Line:

 “One of the hardest-hitting safeties in the 2013 draft class, Cyprien offers enough range to be reliable in box coverage while displaying an aggressive mentality againt ball carriers and receivers. He plays smart, and that might be the most improtant trait when looking at safeties. However, despite it being unique, Cyprien doesn’t have a very well known name … yet.”

While we wait out the start of the draft, check out this photo gallery of Cyprien’s stint with the FIU Panthers and stay tuned to see what the Redskins do this weekend.

Hail to the Redskins!

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