Jonathan Cyprien from Florida International was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in round two of the 2013 NFL Draft. He should be an instant starter and provide a consistent presence for the team. They struggled last season without a strong presence at safetyso this pick continues the need based drafting strategy that general manager Dave Caldwell said would be the basis of his approach to the draft.
Cyprien provides some much needed help for the Jaguars. The Jags were horrendous in the secondary last season and they were right to clear the players at the position when Caldwell came to town. Dawan Landry was cut by Caldwell early on for his lack of range. The Jags need a major presence at SS as a result.
Cyprien’s college numbers aren’t great overall though his last season was quite good with three interceptions and eight passes defended. He has 28 passes defended in four seasons. Cyprien hits hard and is going to be an effective force in the back of the secondary. At 6′ tall he fits the big mold that head coach Gus Bradley wants in his defensive backs. The best part is that his ceiling is incredibly high and he will be getting better and better as he plays.
NFL.com had this to say about Cyprien:
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.
I love the pick and I love that the Jags didn’t trade back and instead took the player they knew they wanted and would be comfortable with. Dave Caldwell is putting his mark on the NFL Draft.
- Luke N. Sims
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