Jonathan Cyprien began the predraft process by shaking hands and introducing himself to scouts, media members and anyone else he encountered. He wanted everyone to remember his name.Three months later, everyone knows his name.The Florida International safety won’t have long to wait.“If Jonathan Cyprien is not a first-round pick, he will be a second,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. “… He is a good football player.”Cyprien had two college offers out of North Miami Beach High — Western Michigan and Florida International.More teams want him now. He has been one of the more popular prospects since the Scouting Combine with at least a dozen workouts or visits, including the Cowboys, Texans, Bengals, 49ers and Redskins.Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro, LSU’s Eric Reid and Florida’s Matt Elam are bigger names from bigger schools, but Cyprien could be the most talented.“I think I’m the No. 1 [safety], because I can bring a lot and contribute to a team winning games, and making plays when called, leadership,” Cyprien said. “I can come in and say it all I want, but at the end of the day, when I have my opportunity, I want to shine in all that I do.”Cyprien played in the Sun Belt Conference, but he has gone against some of the best. He faced Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton in practice. He faced Redskins running back Alfred Morris when Morris was at Florida Atlantic. He held his own in games against Texas A&M, Rutgers, Maryland and Louisville. And he showcased his skills in the Senior Bowl as the top safety in the all-star game.“Teams are aware that I did come from Florida International, but I think there’s a lot of talent in the Sun Belt Conference, and not just from Florida International, but the entire conference,” Cyprien said. “I haven’t gotten too many questions [from scouts] about competition.”Cyprien had 365 career tackles and seven interceptions in his four seasons, including 93 tackles and four interceptions last season as a senior.NFL Draft Scout writes that Cyprien is a “well-built defender who certainly looks the part of an NFL safety. Aggressive playing style and active demeanor. … Enjoys the physical nature of the position. Meets the ball carrier with a pop and refuses to let up.”Cyprien could be a hit in the NFL, too.
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