2013 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Select...

Joe Robbins

With the No. 21 overall pick in the 2013 Cincy Jungle Mock draft, Jason Garrison selected for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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.

Draft Overview:

# 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)

23 Vikings

24 Colts

25 Vikings (from Seahawks)

26 Packers

27 Texans

28 Broncos

29 Patriots

30 Falcons

31 49ers

32 Ravens

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