In my final pre-draft mock draft posted Wednesday, I predicted Jonathan Cyprien to the Green Bay Packers at No. 26 overall. Green Bay rightfully went with Datone Jones at that pick, while Cyprien somewhat surprisingly slipped completely out of the first round.
The Packers should now get aggressive and move up to take Cyprien near the start of the second round.
While there are clearly teams picking in the early second round that could very easily take Cyprien, Green Bay shouldn't hesitate if it could find a way to deal its second-, fourth- and sixth-round picks for an opportunity to select the FIU safety.
A tough, rangy player who is equally adept at free and strong safety, Cyprien would project as an immediate starter alongside Morgan Burnett at the back-end of the Packers' defense.
One could argue teaming Cyprien and Jones with the returns of Desmond Bishop and Nick Perry would give Green Bay a chance to improve drastically on the defensive side of the ball.
Keep in mind, Thompson was willing to spend draft capital on securing Casey Hayward in the second round last April. That decision worked out well. This one could pay off similarly.
All general managers want more swings in the draft, but fixing the safety position with Cyprien would be well worth an aggressive move up from Ted Thompson.