2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: John Cyprien

February 5th, 2013

John Cyprien has a chance at going very early in the 2013 NFL Draft.

DraftBrowns.com Editor: Brendan Leister

John Cyprien is one of the best safety prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft class.  After an impressive Senior Bowl week, more and more people that cover the draft are catching on to Cyprien’s talents.  With that said, people that work in the NFL have known about Cyprien for a while now and people shouldn’t be surprised if he’s drafted on the first day or early on the second day of the draft in April.

At six feet tall, 209 lbs., Cyprien has an extremely well rounded skill set.  He combines excellent range and instincts with soft hands.  He possesses elite closing burst and he’s always around the football.  Cyprien rarely misses tackles and he consistently delivers big hits on ball carriers and intended receivers.  When Cyprien is in the position to make a play on the football, his soft hands and impressive ball skills allow him to intercept and break up passes. Although he has the physicality and movement skills to match up with tight ends, the fact that he’s only six feet tall could give him problems when he’s asked to do so.  Cyprien has experience lining up all over Florida International’s defense so however the team that drafts him uses him shouldn’t be an issue.  Cyprien has the ability to play either safety position because of his diverse skill set.

With the Cleveland Browns having a need at the free safety position, John Cyprien is an ideal fit.  If the team trades back in the first round or acquires a second round pick, Cyprien could be their guy.  If the Browns select John Cyprien, he and TJ Ward would have a chance at forming one of the top safety tandems in the NFL for a long time.

Scouting Notes:

Louisville 2012:

Violently pursues downhill from deep safety position and attacks ball carrier.  Doesn’t get him on the ground at first, but slows him up and causes him to lose balance.

Playing deep safety spot, shows incredible range reading QB’s eyes and breaking on go route to wide receiver up the sideline.  Results in interception.

From deep safety spot, pursues wide receiver making leaping catch up the sideline and delivers a huge hit, forcing wide receiver out of bounds.

Closes on receiver over the middle and delivers huge hit as ball gets there, breaking up the pass.

Takes a poor angle closing on wide receiver running after the catch and misses the tackle.

Gives up a TD catch in man coverage.  Had tight coverage on receiver.  QB just threw a great pass and Cyprien never saw the pass.

Florida Atlantic 2012:

Closes downhill and tackles RB for short gain.

Reads his keys and knows exactly where the ball is going at the snap.  Reads screen, shows elite closing speed downhill and delivers big hit on ball carrier in backfield for loss of yardage.

Blitzes off the edge and closes on QB extremely quickly. Hits his blindside as he throws the ball.

Dropped back in deep zone, came up and closed on WR as he catches ball, delivers big hit and separates ball from WR.

Let WR get by him.  Caught up to him, but couldn’t break up the pass for a big gain.

Covering deep half, drops back into his zone, comes up and makes easy interception.

Western Kentucky 2012:

First guy down in punt coverage.

Consistently making tackles in the box.  Not allowing yards after contact.

Showing impressive strength challenging TEs in man-to-man coverage.

Reads keys, pursues RB downhill, and tackles him in the backfield for a loss of yardage.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, 2013 Safety Prospects, Browns, Florida International, John Cyprien, NFL, Prospect Profile, Second Round Pick, TJ Ward

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