The Bengals need a starting safety this year. We know it, other media members know it, and fortunately, the Bengals' coaching staff knows it. They have worked out a number of incoming rookies and have also brought in the veteran Kerry Rhodes for a visit, but it currently appears that the experiments with discarded former high picks and other projects will take a back seat to one of the top prospects at the position in the draft.
Most mock drafts point to the Bengals potentially grabbing Kenny Vaccaro out of Texas at No.21 overall. With safety-hungry teams like the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and St. Louis Rams in front of them, Vaccaro may be out of their reach at that position. Given the team's reluctance to move up in the draft, we foresee the team staying put to see what falls to them. One such player could be Jonathan Cyprien of Florida International University.
Per Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals will be holding Cyprien for a workout sometime in the next week before the draft commences.
The Bengals have done a lot of workouts and visits with other prominent players at the position, including LSU's Eric Reid, Florida's Matt Elam, as well as Vaccaro. They have also shown quite a bit of interest in Tyrann "The Honey Badger" Mathieu, who is a cornerback by trade, but could potentially swing to safety in as a fun chess piece for a defensive coordinator.
It's interesting that the Bengals waited until the last minute to work Cyprien out, but we'll see if that ends up actually meaning anything. Currently, Cyprien projects as high as the Bengals' No.21 spot to into the beginning stages of the second round. There is no word on the exact date that the workout with Cyprien will take place.