NFL Draft: Jonathan Cyprien Could Be First Safety Drafted


October 8, 2011; Akron, OH , USA; Akron Zips quarterback Clayton Moore (8) runs during the first quarter as FIU Golden Panthers defensive back Jonathan Cyprien (25) prepares to make the tackle in the game at InfoCision Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Cyprien of Florida International is seeing his stock rise as much as any prospect as the 2013 NFL Draft approaches. Cyprien went unnoticed for them most part during his collegiate career, as he played for an FUI team that went 3-9 his senior year when he really came on.

Now that scouts have analyzed the tape, Cyprien is a name being said when analysts are talking about safety prospects who could go in the first-round. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell suggested that Cyp could easily be the first safety drafted in April, and even went as far as to compare him to All-Pro safety Ed Reed:

"This kid is really athletic. When I watched him, I couldn’t believe that he was 220 pounds and the way he moved. He had an interception against Louisville that was just unbelievable. He came from the middle of the field all the way to the sideline. For a second, it looked like Ed Reed. I don’t think he’ll be the first safety drafted, but I wouldn’t have a problem if he was the first safety drafted."

And there’s this reports from Pro Football Talk:

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole does not believe Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te’o will be a first-round pick based on what he’s heard from NFL coaches and scouts at Te’o’s Pro Day.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore says he has no doubt he will play in the first half of the 2013 NFL season as he continues to recover from his second ACL tear in two years.

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