04/25/2013 - 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
04/21/2013 - 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
03/16/2013 - 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
03/07/2013 - 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
03/01/2013 - 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
02/20/2013 - 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
01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, MONDAY RISER: SS Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International...In a talented safety group, Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien stood out on Monday with his aggressive playing style and active demeanor. He practiced at full speed and left it all out on the field, not shying away from getting physical. Whether it was a contact drill or not, Cyprien is going to meet the ballcarrier with a pop, refusing to let up. With Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) and D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina) deciding to skip Mobile, Cyprien has a chance to emerge as the top safety at this year's Senior Bowl. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday North practice: In a talented safety group, Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien stood out on Monday with his aggressive playing style and active demeanor. He practiced at full speed and left it all out on the field, not shying away from getting physical. Whether it was a contact drill or not, Cyprien is going to meet the ballcarrier with a pop, refusing to let up. With Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) and D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina) deciding to skip Mobile, Cyprien has a chance to emerge as one of the top safeties at this year's Senior Bowl. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/15/2012 - FIU senior strong safety Johnathan Cyprien has been invited to participate in the prestigious Senior Bowl, to be held on Jan. 26, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Cyprien is the second Panther to earn a selection to the premier postseason college football all-star game in as many seasons, but could be the first to play in the game. Former FIU All-American T.Y Hilton was invited to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl, but missed the game due to injury.
The North Miami Beach native was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference First-Team on Dec. 5 after a standout senior season for the Panthers. The postseason recognition from the Sun Belt was the fourth in his collegiate career. He was named to the second-team his sophomore and junior seasons and honorable mention as a freshman.
Arguably the top safety to ever play at FIU, Cyprien once again led the team in tackles with 93, including FIU highs in solo stops (54) and assisted tackles (39). He also recorded a team-high four interceptions, along with five pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He started all 12 games in 2012, as well as every game the past three seasons, and has started the most career games as a safety at FIU (45), which is the third-most amount of starts at any position for a Panther. - FIU football
12/14/2012 - 2012 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES & MEDIA): Johnathan Cyprien (FIU, Sr., DB), has been selected First Team All-Sun Belt Conference (Coaches & Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. This is the fourth-straight all-conference honor for Cyprien and the first, first-team selection after being named second-team his sophomore and junior seasons and honorable mention as a freshman. Arguably the top safety to ever play at FIU, Cyprien once again led the team in tackles with 93, including FIU highs in solo stops (54) and assisted tackles (39).
Cyrien projects to be a premium all-star game selection and prime NFL draft pick. He also recorded a team-high four interceptions, along with five pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He started all 12 games in 2012, as well as every game the past three seasons (2010-12), and has started the most career games at safety at FIU (45), which is the third-most amount of starts at any position for a Panther. - FIU football
10/04/2012 - One big reason Florida International was seen as the favorite in the Sun Belt Conference race was a veteran defense. It was one thing that separated the Panthers from the other contenders, who didn't have many returning starters returning on that side of the ball to complement their offenses. But it hasn't worked out that way. Just a week after holding Louisville to 323 yards in total offense in a one-touchdown loss, the Panthers gave up 48 points and 501 yards in a thumping at Louisiana-Lafayette in their league opener. What accounts for such inconsistency? "We're not playing up to our potential," senior safety Johnathan Cyprien said as the Panthers got ready for a Thursday night affair at home against Arkansas State. "We have the ability to." As a veteran and starter since his freshman year, when he received honorable recognition on the all-conference team, Cyprien said he has taken it upon himself to help lead the Panthers out of the doldrums. "I really do put that on my shoulders," he said. "I really take it to heart when the defense is looked down upon because that not only is a reflection me but all the other captains on defense." - The Sports Xchange
10/04/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Arkansas State at FIU, Oct. 4 -- With both teams off to an 0-1 start in Sun Belt Conference play, neither can afford another loss this early in the race. The Red Wolves raced to a 34-16 victory over the Panthers on their way to last season's conference title. KEYS TO THE GAME: Wake up the defense. The Panthers allowed Louisville only 323 yards in total offense in their last home game but gave up over 500 to Louisiana-Lafayette. Arkansas State will challenge FIU's run defense. PLAYERS TO WATCH: S Johnathan Cyprien -- Cyprien continues to step up in a big way for the FIU defense. He had six solo tackles and assisted for two others at Louisiana-Lafayette and leads the team with 49 stops for the season. - The Sports Xchange
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT TEAM (COACHES/SELECT MEDIA): Jonathan Cyprien (FIU, Sr., DB)...Cyprien, a three-time All-Sun Belt pick having been honored each of his collegiate seasons, was recently named to the preseason watch list for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. Athlon's, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's and Phil Steele also made him a unanimous selection to their respective All-Sun Belt preseason first-teams. Lindy's rated Cyprien the No. 3 talent in the Sun Belt, while Blue Ribbon tapped him as its Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in conference. Cyprien, with 33 career starts, is poised to become FIU's all-time leader in career tackles (302) sitting just 30 shy of the mark entering the season. - FIU football
07/18/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International S, Sr., has been selected to the Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Association. So far this summer, Cyprien has been listed as a unanimous All-Sun Belt Conference First-Team pick by Athlon's, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's and Phil Steele in their preseason publications. Blue Ribbon also tapped Cyprien as their Sun Belt Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, while Lindy's named him its No. 3 NFL-ready talent in the Sun Belt. The skilled veteran enters the 2012 season with 33 career starts and 30 tackles shy of tying the school-record for career tackles. He has been honored by the Sun Belt Conference in his previous seasons, being named to the conference postseason Second-Team as a junior and sophomore, and Honorable Mention as a freshman. - FIU football