Redskins to host FIU safety Johnathan Cyprien for pre-draft visit

Florida International safety Johnathan Cyprien could be available for Washington in the second round. (Associated Press).

The Washington Redskins will host Florida International safety Johnathan Cyprien for a pre-draft visit this month, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Projected as a second-round draft pick, the 6-foot-1, 217-pound Cyprien recorded 213 tackles and six interceptions in four seasons at Florida International.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock ranks Cyprien as the third-best safety in the draft behind Texas’s Kenny Vaccaro and Florida’s Matt Elam.

The Redskins hold the 51st overall pick in the draft and are in need of help at safety where strong safety Brandon Meriweather is coming off of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and free safety Madieu Williams struggled last season and has not drawn interest from the team regarding re-signing.

Despite hailing from a small school, Cyprien has good size, athleticism and leadership skills, as well as the versatility to play both free and strong safety.

Washington last week attended a private workout for Miami cornerback Brandon McGee, and they also are scheduled to host Nevada safety Duke Williams for a pre-draft visit.

The Redskins attended LSU’s pro day last week, and although they are one of several teams that has reportedly expressed interest in defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, Washington hasn’t requested a private workout or visit with Mathieu, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The team also recently was linked to U-Conn. cornerback Dwayne Gratz, but a source said that the Redskins haven’t yet attended any workouts or extended an invitation for a visit with Gratz.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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