2013 NFL draft: Jonathan Cyprien working out for Panthers

Joe Robbins

An early-round defensive back is visiting with Carolina today, according to a report.

The Carolina Panthers have spent a lot of time with wide receivers and defensive tackles thus far, but now they're adding early-round safety to the list. Florida International strong safety Jonathan Cyprien is working out for the team today, according to Jenna Laine.

Cyprien is part of an trio with Kenny Vaccaro and Matt Elam at the top of the draft. Most analysts regard him as the second-best safety of the group, which could push him into the range of Carolina's second round pick. He could also warrant a selection in the late first-round, should the Panthers either trade back in the first, or move up from the second.

At 6-0, 217 pounds he has great size for a strong safety, and if the long-term plan is to shift Charles Godfrey back to FS, it would be a selection that makes a lot of sense.

A hard-hitter who really stood out at the senior bowl, he's a small-school prospect with a lot of potential. Last year former teammate T.Y. Hilton took the NFL by storm as a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts, finishing the season with 861 yards and seven touchdowns.

Could the former FIU Panther become a Carolina Panther? It's possible, and could be a good pick.

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