With the No. 21 pick in the 2013 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Jason Garrison selected for the Cincinnati Bengals and with the 21st pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select...
Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
The Bengals are in good shape. For the first time in a while, their hands aren't bound to select one specific position in the first round of the draft. I seriously considered a linebacker, offensive tackle and even a running back with the No. 21 overall pick, but I think Cyprien is the best choice.
Cyprien is a big safety that can play in the box in run support and also has the range to be reliable in box coverage. He can also be a good a good pass rusher off the edge. Cyprien is the second-rated safety in this year's draft class after Kanny Vaccaro and would fit into Mike Zimmer's defense well as a strong safety, playing next to Reggie Nelson. With Cyprien starting at strong safety and with the re-signings of both Adam Jones and Terence Newman, the Bengals could have one of the better secondaries in the league and better than what they have had for a long time.
Joe Goodberry's scouting report on Cyprien:
Jonathan Cyprien not only stood out as the best athlete on the FUI defense, he's also the most instinctive; an intimidating and high-energy player, on either side of the field. He's a strong safety that's very comfortable playing in the box and the best safety against the run that I've seen thus far.
He has a great feel for running lanes and quickly measures up ball-carriers to make crushing hits. When he doesn't leave his feet, Cyprien is one of the better form tacklers in this draft class. His aggressive angles can hurt him at times and he can get blocked out by linemen, but after watching a bunch of safeties in this class, he's no worse than the rest. He can also play bump-and-run in coverage against tight ends and running backs.
From a coverage perspective, Cyprien's anticipation shined. Where I was most impressed with Cyprien was his range as a center fielder. He can get sideline-to-sideline in a hurry and appears to read the quarterback's eyes very well. He can get to those deep routes along the boundary for a big hit or make a play on the ball. Cyprien's ball skills and range sold me on him as a prospect.
I had thought about Alec Ogletree with this pick as I think he'd be a very good SAM linebacker, but I think Cyprien is a safer pick because he doesn't have the off-field troubles that Ogletree has had in the past. Also, there are more decent free agent linebackers left on the market than there are free agent safeties.
|#||Team||Picked By||Name/Positon of Pick|
|1||Chiefs||Jason Garrison||Luke Joeckel, OT|
|2||Jaguars||Hyprpwnmania||Geno Smith, QB|
|3||Raiders||Ryan Leach||Dee Milliner, CB|
|4||Eagles||Cincy841||Eric Fisher, OT|
|5||Lions||FourthNGoal||Ezekiel Ansah, DT|
|6||Browns||Jason Garrison||Sharrif Floyd, DT|
|7||Cardinals||Cincy 841||Dion Jordan, DE/OLB|
|8||Bills||Zak Kondratenko||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR|
|9||Jets||Indesignkat||Jarvis Jones, OLB|
|10||Titans||Jason Garrison||Chance Warmack, OG|
|11||Chargers||Polar Bengal||Lane Johnson, OT|
|12||Dolphins||EZoellner||Barkevious Mingo, DE|
|13||Buccaneers||fmshow||Xavier Rhodes, CB|
|14||Panthers||Bengal Bruce||Star Lotulelei, DT|
|15||Saints||HunkerdownWHODEY||Tavon Austin, WR|
|16||Rams||epk1979||Kenny Vaccaro, S|
|17||Steelers||Jason Garrison||Tyler Eifert, TE|
|18||Cowboys||Effaybeoh||D.J. Fluker, OT|
|19||Giants||Mexal||Arthur Brown, LB|
|20||Bears||ULsteve||Jonathan Cooper, G|
|21||Bengals||Jason Garrison||Jonathan Cyprien, S|
|22||Rams (from Redskins)|
|25||Vikings (from Seahawks)|