From The Sports Xchange…
Safety Johnathan Cyprien and cornerback Dwayne Gratz signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are counting on both rookies to help revamp their secondary.
Cyprien was a second-round pick out of Florida International, where he was a four-year letterman and finished his career with 365, 13.5 tackles for loss, a school-record six forced fumbles and seven interceptions.
The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year was rated as the No. 29 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and the top strong safety available in April’s draft.
NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang compared Cyprien to Green Bay’s Morgan Burnett and predicted Cyrpien may struggle through some growing pains in coverage but should develop into one of the league’s top young safeties before long.
Gratz was selected in the third round out of Connecticut, where he finished his career with 189 tackles, 30 passes defensed and eight interceptions.
Gratz was rated No. 55 overall by NFLDraftScout.com and No. 7 among cornerbacks. He has good size at 5-feet-11 and 201 pounds, but needs to display better route recognition and break on the ball with more explosiveness.
With the Jaguars’ secondary void of its top three cornerbacks from a year ago, Gratz will make a strong bid to step into a starting role as a rookie.