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FIU senior WR Glenn Coleman has been ruled ineligible for the 2013 season due to academics.

Coleman started 12 games over the last two seasons and averaged 17.5 yards per reception. FIU is a three point underdog to FCS level Bethune-Cookman this weekend.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:20:00 AM

FIU junior CB Richard Leonard has been ruled ineligible for the 2013 season.

Leonard started just eight of the 26 games he played over the last few seasons. He led the school in kick return (29.2) and punt return average (14.2). The Panthers lost their top defender in Johnathan Cyprien, and this ineligibility certainly won't help the depth.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 10:06:00 AM

FIU has dismissed senior RB Kedrick Rhodes for a violation of team rules.

Rhodes rushed for 699 yards and three touchdowns last season, adding 19 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the air. In three seasons he registered 2,686 yards on offense and 14 touchdowns.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 02:29:00 PM

Chargers selected Florida International DE Tourek Williams with the No. 179 overall pick.

Williams (6-2, 260) paced Florida International in tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (6.5) as a senior. He's the best pass rusher to emerge from FIU since Antwan Barnes. Williams has explosiveness off the snap, but is often engulfed by blockers due to short arms (32 1/2"). He projects as a situational nickel end and special teamer for the Bolts.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 04:17:00 PM

Jaguars selected Florida International SS Johnathan Cyprien with the No. 33 overall pick.

Cyprien (6-0, 217) was a 45-game starter at FIU and is the school's record holder in both career tackles (365) and forced fumbles (six). Cyprien added seven interceptions. Used primarily as a box strong safety in the Sun Belt, Cyprien offers tremendous upside because he also has great range. NFL Films' Greg Cosell and Rotoworld's Josh Norris have both opined that Cyprien may develop into this year's top safety -- ahead of first-rounders Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Reid. Cyprien ran forty times of 4.64 and 4.65 at his March 16 Pro Day and did 18 reps on the bench. He has some Dashon Goldson to his game.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 06:40:00 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer notes that FIU S Johnathan Cyprien "could be in play" for the Jaguars at pick No. 33.

"Expect the Jags to field offers for that pick," Breer tweeted, regarding the first selection of the second-round. "If it's not a deal down, or a QB, Cyprien could be in play too." We love Cyprien and consider him a first-round talent. His name will likely be called very early on Friday.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 10:54:00 AM

FIU S Johnathan Cyprien is having a private workout for Bengals DC Mike Zimmer on Monday.

We love this fit but have been wary of connecting the two, since the Bengals tend to value prospects who come from big schools. Cyprien is more talented than the likes of Matt Elam and Eric Reid, but all three are generating buzz. Pick No. 21 is a great landing spot for Cyprien.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 01:46:00 PM

Former NFL GM Charley Casserly believes FIU S Johnathan Cyprien "misses an awful lot of tackles."

Casserly considers Cyprien a second-round talent. "I think he makes mistakes on play action," He said. "At times I question what he sees and I see some stiffness in him in man-to-man coverage." We think Cyprien is one of the surer tacklers in space among the safety position and showed more range at the Senior Bowl than was allowed at FIU.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 10:49:00 AM

FIU S Jonathan Cyprien will work out for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals are definitely interested in this year's safeties and Cyprien is one of the best, if not the best. He's rangy, physical and versatile, showing the ability to play in the box or deep in center-field. He's expected to be a top 50 selection.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 06:09:00 PM

FIU S Jonathan Cyprien visited the 49ers and will visit the Dolphins.

Cyprien is arguably the top safety in this year's class and could go anywhere from the end of the first round to the middle of the second. He's a dynamic and explosive athlete, with the ability to come down and lay the wood or track the football deep in coverage. It would not surprise us if he goes in the final third of the first round.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 05:11:00 PM

FIU S Johnathan Cyprien has visited the Browns.

Beta writer Mary Kay Cabot projects Cyprien as a second- or third-rounder, but we think he is a top 50 pick, if not locked into the first-round. The team does not have a second-round selection at this time, but could be viewed as the likeliest top 10 team to trade out of their pick.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 09:45:00 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes FIU S Jonathan Cyprien's talent warrants a second day selection.

Cyprien ranked fourth on Brooks' top five overrated prospects. "The league has implemented strict rules against launching and hitting defenseless receivers, which will force Cyprien to change key parts of his game to avoid penalties and fines," Brooks writes. "Although it is possible for him to make the adjustment without incident, the transition must be factored into the evaluation when considering Cyprien as a first-round selection."
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 01:38:00 PM

FIU S Johnathan Cyprien will visit the Titans on Thursday.

The Titans hold pick No. 10 in April's draft, and although we think Cyprien will be selected much earlier than many expect, this would be on the high side. We love the safeties controlled aggression in the box and his range as a single high safety is overlooked.
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 10:05:00 AM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell could see FIU's Johnathan Cyprien becoming the best S "in this draft class three or four years down the road."

Yes. Cyprien has been a section favorite since prior to the Senior Bowl, where he showed more range than was allowed at FIU due to his role as primarily a strong safety. "Even as a deep defender, Cyprien showed a very smooth back pedal, with the ability to plant and drive with burst and speed," Cosell writes. "I must admit I did not expect that. And his range as a single high safety, with his size and stride length, was outstanding."
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 11:53:00 AM

Pro Football Talk reports FIU S Johnathan Cyprien has 11 team visits set up.

The site tweeted the 11 teams that Cyprien will be visiting with via their official Twitter account. They are as follows: "Falcons, Panthers, Redskins, Cowboys, Dolphins, Jags, Cards, Titans, Browns, Niners, Texans." Cyprien would be a good fit for any of the listed teams and offers toughness, range and instincts at the position. He reminds us of the Green Bay Packers' Morgan Burnett.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 05:39:00 PM


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