As the second day of the NFL draft began, the Jacksonville Jaguars were already convinced what their next move was going to be. The Jaguars held the first pick of the second round, and selected Florida International safety, Johnathan Cyprien. Cyprien was regarded as one of the top safety prospects in the entire 2013 draft, and it was a surprise to many when he slipped to the second round.
Standing six feet tall and weighing in at 217 lbs, Cyprien is an imposing force in the secondary. He plays with a violent temperament and has the ability to be a fierce tackler. While he received some criticism about his coverage ability, he flashes very solid range and ball skills at times.
Though only a rookie, Jacksonville expects Cyprien to be able to contribute in a starting role right away.
Expect Cyprien to play a role similar to that of Kam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks, when Gus Bradley was the defensive coordinator for Seattle. Like Chancellor, Cyprien is a solidly built safety, who plays aggressively. Expect Cyprien to be used in the box on occasions, to help fortify the run defense if needed. Also do not be surprised if Bradley turns Cyprien into a star player, just as he was able to with Chancellor in Seattle.
It is reasonable to predict that Cyprien will be one of the top-early candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year. He is in a position to produce and be effective from day one.
Cyprien could blossom into one of the better defenders in the game, if the pieces fall in place as hoped. For a team that is looking to move forward into a greater future, the Jaguars can only hope that Cyprien can be one those players that will grow along with the organization.