2013 NFL Draft: Should the Cincinnati Bengals Select Jonathan Cyprien at No. 21?

By Dan Parzych
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One of the biggest surprises over the last two years has been the Cincinnati Bengals as they went from a team that was supposed to be going through rebuilding mode to a team that’s been contenders instead as they’ve managed to reach the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. With all of the changes made to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens this offseason, the Bengals have a legitimate shot once again at winning the AFC North next season.

And with the 2013 NFL Draft just a few days away, Cincinnati will have the perfect opportunity to address numerous areas in need of improvement–especially the safety position.

The Bengals’ defense ranked near the top of the league last season, but there’s no question they could use help at safety if they really want to compete with the best next season. There are plenty of talented safeties in this year’s draft class, but one name that comes to mind who could be available at No. 21 is Jonathan Cyprien of Florida International.

Cyprien’s draft stock has risen over the last few weeks and with the way things are looking–there’s a good chance he could end up being selected in the first round of this year’s draft. If Cincinnati did end up taking Cyprien at No. 21, it’s safe to say he could even work his way into the starting lineup once Week 1 rolls around.

The Bengals could certainly go in a few different directions on Thursday, but if available–this is certainly a pick they need to strongly consider at No. 21 with Cyprien.

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