Safeties 1) Jonathan Cyprien School: Florida Int., Sr. Height: 6’ 0” Weight: 217 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: n/a
SAFETY “can play both free and strong safety”
2) Kenny Vaccaro School: Texas, Sr. Height: 6’ 0” Weight: 214 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.63 In a nutshell: It works in Vaccaro’s favor that he’s the next in a long line of highly-regarded Texas safeties developed under Mack Brown, but it’s dangerous to assume he’ll automatically become the next Earl Thomas or Michael Griffin.
Cyprien played on a Jekkyl and Hyde defense at Florida International, but regardless, his play was good enough to receive a Senior Bowl invitation where he impressed Like a lot of safeties in this year’s class, Vaccaro has the ability to play in Mobile. both strong and free. And of the Vs. ranked opponent: Thanks in 2013 safeties, he’s probably the best part to Cyprien, Florida Interna- at guarding receivers from the slot.
93 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 FF, 4 INTs, 5 PBU
In a nutshell: The first thing that sticks out about Cyprien is his small-school pedigree and inevitable questions about his level of competition. But Cyprien’s play speaks for itself.
He has the ability to play both free and strong safety, hits hard when playing in the box and can still snag interceptions with his hands on the back end.
tional was able to stick with 13th ranked and eventual Big East champion Louisville before eventually falling 28-21 in an early-season matchup.
Vaccaro plays faster than his 40 time indicates and is great at busting up plays against bunch formations because he’s not afraid to get physical at the line of scrimmage or come up He expertly showed off his range by and blow up ball carriers. coming all the way from his centerfield zone to pick off all-conference Sometimes his own aggressivessness quarterback Teddy Bridgewater works against him. He’ll miss tackalong the sideline in the first quarter, les by taking bad angles not because using his hands to catch the football of physical limitations, but because away from his body and then shuf- he’ll gamble and find himself out of fling his feet before momentum car- position. ried him out of bounds. Vs. top opponent: In a matchup of Cyprien was later beat for a red zone two teams then ranked in the top 11 touchdown in the second quarter by in the nation, Vaccaro was frequentBridgewater when he couldn’t get ly asked to guard West Virginia’s his head around despite good cover- speedy Tavon Austin in the slot and is commended for the way he limage and positioning. ited Austin’s effectiveness.
He has the best range in this year’s Draft class as evidenced by his ability to get from the hashmarks to the sideline to make plays on the ball and from deep centerfield to the 2012 stats: 93 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 FF, 4 INTs, 5 PBU line of scrimmage to make tackles. 79 | Cheesehead TV 2013 Draft Preview
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