With the 34th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2013 NFL mock draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien. JCruize is serving as the 49ers' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
Just like my pick at No. 31, I will use this pick to address a hole left by a starter leaving for free agency. This time I will focus on the safety position, which was left vacant by Dashon Goldson. And with that I bring you Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien.
Cyprien chose FIU over Western Michigan, where he saw playing time as a freshman and even earned all-conference honorable mention accolades while finishing second on the team in tackles. Jonathan would go on to receive second team all-conference honors in his next two seasons. He finished his career with 45 starts, being named to the first all-conference team and an invite to the Senior Bowl. Cyprien took full advantage of his time in Mobile, practicing and playing alongside more well-known players like Bacarri Rambo and T.J. McDonald. He was arguably the most impressive safety there, and he began to gain praise and become one of the draft's fastest risers.
At, 6'0", 217 lbs., Jonathan has the look of an NFL safety. He plays an aggressive style and enjoys the physical side of the safety position. He has good ball skills and shows the ability to go after the ball. He always plays consistently, even against "top" competition like Texas A&M, Maryland and Louisville. Some concerns about him are his straight line speed and the fact that he played more of a two-deep zone, playing the halves of the field rather than being a center fielder. But Jonathan has a very high ceiling, and given the type of defense the Niners field, he should be able to learn on the job with plenty of support.
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