Absent an adequate offer to trade down, the Jaguars selected Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien with the 33rd overall pick in the draft. Cyprien will be penciled in to immediately play the “Bandit” safety role in Gus Bradley’s defense.
In that role, Cyprien will be expected to play like an enforcer in the box in run support and he is the perfect fit for that style of play. At 6 feet tall and close to 220 pounds, Cyprien made his name in college as a big-hitting safety who was not afraid to throw his weight around. However, despite his size he is also very athletic and a very capable pass defender which will serve well as he plays close to the line of scrimmage and may be asked to cover tight ends.
Cyprien was a four-year starter at safety during his college career and absolutely dominated at Senior Bowl week against top flight competition, suggesting that he is capable of playing against elite competition despite going to a small school.
With Cyprien and first-round pick Luke Joeckel now in the fold, Jaguars general manager has managed to get two instant starters with his first two picks. For now, the Jaguars still have one pick remaining atop the third round later this evening and may stay on the defensive side of the ball with that pick. They may also consider a quarterback depending on whether or not a guy that they like continues to slide.