Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: Safeties Jonathan Cyprien, Eric Reid
There’s probably a better chance than most believe that the Cowboys draft a safety in one of the draft’s first two days. If they’re looking at one in the second or perhaps third round, Florida International’s Jonathan Cyprien and LSU’s Eric Reid might be options. I broke down both players at NBC.
Cyprien is an aggressive safety who isn’t afraid to stick his nose into the running game. When he plays from a deep position, he’s willing to fly up to hit ball-carriers. He played from both a deep position and in the box at Florida International, practically changing positions based on the opponent.
Cyprien can play well from both spots—deep and in the box—assuming he isn’t asked to cover too much ground in the back end. He’s not a ball-hawking free safety who can play the deep middle because there are some questions about his straight-line speed. The Combine is going to be really important for him; if he’s a 4.50 guy, it might change some things.
Head over to NBC for the full scouting report on Cyprien.
Reid is a tall (6-2, 212 pounds) safety who many believe to have good versatility. He was asked to play in both the deep middle and in the box at LSU. Reid seems most comfortable near the line-of-scrimmage where he isn’t asked to turn and run long distances with receivers. He can struggle as a deep free safety, in my opinion, sitting off way too far in coverage and allowing receivers to easily catch passes underneath him.
In the box, Reid has some short-area quickness that he uses to play underneath zones well. He doesn’t necessarily have the skill set to play man-to-man coverage against slot receivers, but since Reid is taller and has longer arms than most safeties, he has a better chance to potentially combat the effectiveness of tight ends who generally won’t beat him with speed.