And, as agent Drew Rosenhaus pointed out, by going in the second round, FIU safety Johnathan Cyprien will get a four-year contract instead of a five-year one. Back to the Jacksonville bank earlier if he plays well.
Jacksonville finished last season 2-14. Second round picks should be starting on teams coming off 2-14. New head coach Gus Bradley opined recently that the Jaguars didn't have a true strong safety on their roster. NFL Network scouting analyst Mike Mayock sees Cyprien as similar to Seattle's Kam Chancellor, if not as long, but able to play the "enforcement safety" in the defense Bradley brings with him from Seattle. NFL Network's Charles Davis, a former player, thinks Cyp's got more range than Chancellor.
Bradley mentioned Cyprien's angles to the ball. In almost every radio interview I've done discussing Cyprien, I lauded his closing speed to the ball while also noting it's faster than his 40 time would indicate. That's why. A half-step saved in an angle is the different between a tackle and a cameo in a highlight film.