Jonathan Cyprien, SS

School: Florida International  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: North Miami Beach, FL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 217 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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2911-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Well-built defender who certainly looks the part of an NFL safety. Aggressive playing style and active demeanor. Took advantage of the Senior Bowl opportunity, standing out with his full-speed effort from the first practice. Enjoys the physical nature of the position. Meets the ballcarrier with a pop and refuses to let up.

Good ball skills. Shows the ability to extend and snatch the ball out of the air. Has consistently played well against so-called "top" competition over his career, enjoying standout performances in past years against the likes of Texas A&M, Rutgers, Maryland and Louisville, among others.

WEAKNESSES: Some have concerns about Cyprien's straight-line speed. Played a lot of two-deep coverage at FIU, showing the ability to play halves but not necessarily operate as a true centerfielder. Takes highly aggressive angles to the ball and consistently tackles ballcarriers high, two potential areas of concern considering the significant jump in competition he'll be making. There may be some initial struggles.

Compares To: Morgan Burnett, SS, Green Bay Packers -- Surrounded by big names in the Packers' secondary, Burnett is quietly emerging as one of the league's better young safeties. He was targeted early by opponents as a rookie before going down with a torn ACL. Hopefully Cyprien won't have to deal with an injury, but he could struggle through similar growing pains. Once acclimated to the speed of the NFL, however, he also could rise quickly.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Cyprien was lightly recruited out of North Miami Beach High, choosing FIU over Western Michigan, but his athleticism immediately stood out in the Sun Belt.

He appeared in all 12 games in 2009, earning honorable mention all-conference accolades while starting seven games and finishing second on the team with 78 tackles.

Cyprien would go on to earn second-team All-Sun Belt honors each of the next two seasons before emerging as a first-team pick in 2012 with a team-high 93 tackles and four interceptions. He closed his career having started every game the past three seasons, and leaves FIU with 45 career starts - the most by a safety in program history.

Cyprien became just the second Panther to be invited to the Senior Bowl, joining All-American T.Y. Hilton, who was invited in 2011 but missed the game due to injury. While he wasn't able to impress in Mobile, Hilton demonstrated his big-play ability for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts as a rookie, leading all rookies with seven touchdown receptions averaging a gaudy 17.2 yards on his 50 grabs.

It remains to be seen if Cyprien will enjoy the same immediate success in the NFL as his former FIU teammate. He certainly indicated the ability to do so by taking full advantage of his opportunity to practice at the Senior Bowl. Playing alongside more well known athletes including Southern California's USC's T.J. McDonald and Georgia's Baccari Rambo, Cyprien was arguably the most impressive safety in Mobile, earning praise as one of the biggest risers at any position throughout the week of practice.

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04/25/2013 - 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

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