Jonathan Cyprien: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Florida Int'l Safety

Devin NoonanCorrespondent IIIApril 25, 2013

Jonathan Cyprien: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Florida Int'l Safety

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    The Sun Belt Conference has never been considered elite, but every now and then it produces a top-tier prospect who flies under the radar.

    This year, Jonathan Cyprien out of Florida International is the guy we've watched skyrocket up big boards across the league.

    You may not have had the opportunity to see him play this season, but there are plenty of good reasons why the FIU star seems destined to make a huge splash in the NFL.

Background

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    Name: Jonathan Cyprien

    Birthday: January 1, 1990

    Hometown: North Miami Beach, Fla.

    High School: North Miami Beach High School

    Major: Physical Therapy

    Year: Senior

     

    Jonathan Cyprien was a standout athlete in the Sun Belt Conference for each of his four years at Florida International. He was named All-Dade County by the Miami Herald as a senior, but didn't receive many offers out of high school. He ultimately decided to take the scholarship from FIU to stay local rather than head north to play at Western Michigan. 

Statistics

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    2009: 12 games, 78 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT, 4 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles

    2010: 13 games, 113 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 7 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles

    2011: 13 games, 81 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 9 pass deflections

    2012: 12 games, 93 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 3 INTs, 8 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble

     

    Jonathan Cyprien has been a reliable member of the Panthers' secondary since the moment he stepped foot on campus. As a freshman, he came in and played in every single game while earning the start for seven of those appearances.

    As his statistics show, he was able to find a level of consistency in defending the pass, although he was rarely utilized in blitzing situations. Another point of interest is the fact that he played in every single game over his four-year career, a feat that not many athletes can put on their resume in this day and age.

    All statistics taken from Sports-Reference.com

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6’0”

    Weight: 217 pounds

    Arm Length: 31 3/4"

    Hand Size: 10 1/4"

     

     

    Combine Results

    Vertical Jump: 38.5"

     

    Pro Day Results

    40-yard dash:  4.64 seconds

    Bench Press: 18 reps

    Broad Jump: 119.0"

    Short Shuttle: 4.44 seconds

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.01 seconds

     

    Despite being limited at the combine due to a strained hamstring, Jonathan Cyprien has done all of the right things throughout this process, which has led to a significant rise in stock. He placed fifth amongst safeties at the combine in the vertical jump, while his 18 reps on the bench press only help to reaffirm his strength in the secondary. His 40-yard dash isn't all that impressive, but it was quick enough that it won't be considered a liability.

     

    Combine Results taken from NFL.com

    Pro Day results taken from NFL Draft Scout

Interesting Facts

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    Jonathan Cyprien leaves FIU as its all-time leading tackler.

    As a true freshman, he played in every game (including seven starts) en route to earning All-Sun Belt honorable mention.

    He was named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference as a sophomore and junior and finally made the first team his senior season.

    Cyprien has started every game since his sophomore year and is only the second FIU Panther ever to be invited to the Senior Bowl (Ty Hilton in 2011).

Observations

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    Jonathan Cyprien enters the draft as one of the hardest-hitting, most sought-after safeties on the board.

    He is used to playing a lot of two-deep coverage, which casts some doubt on his ability to be a "true center fielder" at the next level.

    Cyprien's also been criticized for his slow first step, and he has a bad tendency to fall for play action and get beat over the top.

    He otherwise plays relatively smart football and can match up on receivers in the slot or use his athleticism to cover ground when positioned deeper in a zone set.

    His aggressive nature as well as his ability to handle blocks and move through traffic make him a threat as a blitzer in the box.

    He's played well against higher competition and seems to have the tools that would enable a smooth transition to the next level.