Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is holding a private, last-minute workout with Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien, according to Pro Football Talk.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is putting FIU S Jonathan Cyprien through a last-minute private workout today.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 22, 2013
With the depth and talent at the safety position and with the Bengals need at strong safety, many believe that the team will use their first-round pick on one of them. Most believe the best safety in this year's draft class is Texas' Kenny Vaccaro but they also believe he won't be available by the time the Bengals go on the clock at No. 21. Both Cyprien and Florida's Matt Elam will likely be available, though.
If the Bengals do use their first-round pick on Cyprien, they'd be getting a safety that's good in run support and also has the range to be a solid pass defender.
Joe Goodberry's scouting report on Cyprien:
"Jonathan Cyprien not only stood out as the best athlete on the FIU 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. 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 felt like I was watching something special the first time I watched him."