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A conversation with FIU S Jonathan Cyprien Craig Thomas

Q)Have scouts questioned you about your level of competition in college?

Cyprien: Teams are aware that I did come from Florida International, but I think there’s a lot of talent in the Sun Belt conference, and not just from Florida International, but the entire conference.

Q)Have you heard any projections about what round you might go in?

Cyprien: No, not at the moment. I’m just trying to keep my head down, keep my head straight. I know it’s a long process until April. And really, the projections right now, are really just projections.

Q)Did you play free or strong safety in college?

Cyprien: I played both.

Q)Any NFL safeties you pattern your game after?

Cyprien: I try to pattern myself after Louis Delmas (Detroit Lions and a friend from North Miami Beach) and also kind of Troy Polamalu. They’re great players in the league, they play downhill.

Q)Did you ever cover slot receivers in the nickel back role?

Cyprien: Yes, I have, [against] some spread teams when we needed extra defensive backs on the field. I usually played dime.

Q)What did you major in?

Cyprien: Hospitality management, and I have my degree (in 3.5 years).

Q)Do you feel you are the #1 safety in the draft?

Cyprien: I think I’m the No. 1 because I can bring a lot and contribute to a team winning games, and making plays when called upon and (provide) leadership.

I can say it all I want, but at the end of the day, when I have my opportunity, I want to shine in all that I do.

Q)What was it like covering WR T.Y. Hilton (FIU and Indianapolis Colts) in practice?

Cyprien: It’s always a battle. T.Y. is so fast. If you don’t get your hands on him, it’s done. You can call it quits.
He’s a great player, and I’m so happy for what he’s done in his rookie year. But it’s nothing that me and everyone from FIU didn’t expect. I hope to play against him soon.

Q)What are your biggest strengths?

Cyprien: My biggest strengths are leadership, and communication and tackling, being physical.