Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
This was a tough pick for a few reasons. First, the 49ers are fairly solid across the board. They just went to the Super Bowl and made it quite an interesting game against the Ravens. The 49ers sport a young, mobile QB, have good depth at RB, a very good TE, OK receivers and a good O-line. On defense, they have been near the top of the rankings the past few seasons and we would start most of their players over ours.
They lost Dashon Gholdson to our rivals in Tampa Bay, so they will be looking for a safety at some point in the draft. And Justin Smith is getting older (33) and is coming off a triceps injury from last season...they missed his normal production during their Super Bowl run as he didn't have any sacks. I was actually going to pick Tank Carradine, but our friend Dave Choate took him off the board with the Falcons pick. As much as I wanted to pick a defensive end, I couldn't find one that really made sense at 31 (Margus Hunt might be a bit raw for their liking). So I went for safety and picked Cyprien here (guess this might land me on Stu's List!)
John Cyprien is a hard hitter with good range and the speed to close in on the ball. He has good size (6'-0", 217 lbs) and isn't afraid to mix it up against the run. He is quite versatile as a safety and can do it all...he can cover TEs and slot receivers when needed. He has been a starter four years and isn't a project. He even plays with the swagger that we hear so much about our defense lacking this past season. He'd fit in well with a 49er squad that definitely carries a lot of swagger and is able to back it up.
As for weaknesses, he does tend to be a bit aggressive and might get beaten a few times until he learns from his mistakes. That said, when playing for a team with the depth the 49ers have, he probably won't take too many lumps. Personally, if we could convince the 49ers to trade up and take Vacarro, I'd be happy to land Cyprien here and pick up a couple of extra picks. I think Cyprien is going to be a Pro-Bowler and impact player for many years to come.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||
OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
||Dragon Ninja Warrior||48%|
CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.
DE Dion Jordan - Oregon
DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah - BYU
||Fan since the Aints||54%|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
||Joseph William Stern||94%|
|8||Buffalo Bills||G Chance Warmack - Alabama
|9||NY Jets||S Kenny Vaccaro - Texas
|10||Tennessee Titans||G Jonathan Cooper - UNC
|11||San Diego Chargers||DT Sharrif Floyd - Florida
|12||Miami Dolphins||DT Star Lotulelei- Utah||Ralph Malbrough||59%|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CB Xavier Rhodes - Florida St.||jeff.l.b||78%|
|14||Carolina Panthers||CB Desmond Trufant - Washington||Stilljreming||27%|
|15||New Orleans Saints||DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo - LSU||Dave Cariello||68%|
|16||St. Louis Rams||OLB Jarvis Jones - Georgia||caomhin||61%|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||WR Cordarrelle Patterson - Tennessee||aryanspecial|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||OT D.J. Fluker - Alabama||SAINTMANUMIT|
|19||NY Giants||DT Sheldon Richardson - Missouri||BlackandGold4ever|
|20||Chicago Bears||ILB Manti Te'o - Notre Dame||MobileSaint|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||WR Tavon Austin - West Virginia||Fan since the Aints|
|22||St. Louis Rams (from Washington)||TE Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame||Kevin Held|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||DT Johnathan Jenkins - Georgia||cajuncommando58|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||DE/OLB Damontre Moore - Texas A&M||Legatron Morstead|
|25||Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)||WR DeAndre Hopkins - Clemson||Fan since the Aints|
|26||Green Bay Packers||DE Datone Jones - UCLA||caomhin|
|27||Houston Texans||WR Robert Woods - USC||TeeThaKingSaint23|
|28||Denver Broncos||DE Bjoern Werner - Florida St.||aburton531|
|29||New England Patriots||WR Keenan Allen - California||ShadowFlash|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||DE Tank Carradine - Florida St.||Dave Choate|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||S Jonathan Cyprien - Florida International||BlackandGold4ever|