Posted: 6:36 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013
By Adam Stites
The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien with their second-round pick, the 33rd overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. The position was one of a huge need for the team after it terminated the contract of Dawan Landry earlier in the offseason.
On Thursday, it was reported that the Jaguars were looking for players that would be "definitive" starters. Cyprien fits that role, as he'll step into the starting lineup at strong safety, while Dwight Lowery will remain at free safety for the team.
During Gus Bradley's time as defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, the team relied on Kam Chancellor to play in a shallow safety role, as the 6-3, 232-pound safety was often used in more of a fourth linebacker-type role. While Cyprien isn't quite as big at 6-0, 217 pounds, he's been described as one of the hardest hitting safeties in the draft and should be used similarly.
The Jaguars, barring a trade, will now pick again with the 64th overall pick on Friday afternoon in the third round.