Bengals hold private workout with Cyprien

April, 22, 2013
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The Cincinnati Bengals need a starter at strong safety, and there's a good chance that they will take one early with three of the first 53 picks in the draft. One prospect who is apparently on their radar is Johnathan Cyprien.

Considered one of the top three safeties in the draft, Cyprien is having a private workout Monday at Florida International with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Bengals were unable to find a safety to pair with Reggie Nelson last season and ended up re-signing Chris Crocker.

Texas' Kenny Vaccaro is generally rated as the top safety in this class, but he isn't expected to last past the Rams (No. 16) or Cowboys (No. 18). At No. 21, the Bengals could have their choice of Cyprien or Florida's Matt Elam.

Cincinnati also has two picks in the second round, 37th and 53rd overall.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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