Johnathan Cyprien: Round 2, Pick #33. Florida International
Johnathan Cyprien was drafted out of Florida International University, with the first pick of the second round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cyprien was probably the best pick of this draft class.
Cyprien had three average seasons with the Jaguars, but really started to shine in the final year of his rookie contract, which was his first season under defensive coordinator Todd Wash. Wash used Cyprien a lot more efficiently and he quickly emerged as one of the better strong safeties in the league. By the end of the season, Cyprien was ranked 10th in the NFL in tackles (all positions). He proved to be able to deliver solid hits and make great tackles, and gained a lot of attention around the league due to his upcoming status as a free agent.
Where is he now: When free agency hit after the 2016 season, Cyprien didn’t have to wait too long before an offer he couldn’t refuse turned up on the table. The division rival Tennessee Titans offered Cyprien a four year, 25 million dollar deal. A deal like that was far more than what the Jaguars would’ve offered him to stay in Jacksonville. Ironically, the Jaguars offered Barry Church, a strong safety from Dallas, a four-year 26 million dollar deal to replace Cyprien.
All in all, I expect Cyprien to have a decent run with Tennessee
Dwayne Gratz: Round 3, Pick #64. Connecticut
Gratz came from an area that’s not really known for producing NFL players, the University of Connecticut. Gratz had a promising rookie year, but never seemed to catch on as a quality NFL starter. He got his first career interception in November of 2013 against the Titans, but only managed to grab two more in his entire career in Jacksonville. Gratz was a talented player who, for the right team, would be great depth in the secondary. However, he never emerged as a quality starter. Unfortunately for him, the Jaguars released him before he could even finish his rookie contract.
Where is he now: On October 10th, 2016, Gratz was released by the Jaguars in order to make room for Aaron Colvin, who was coming back from serving a suspension. The next day he agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Rams, but was released about a month later.
Gratz is currently a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, whom he signed a two year deal with in December.