The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Jaycee Horn 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Jaycee Horn Background
Size: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds
2020 stats: 16 total tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defended
Horn played three great seasons at South Carolina to become one of the best corners in his draft class. Now that his college career is over, he will go to the NFL just like his father, wide receiver Joe Horn.
He was an Under Armour All-American out of high school, but decided to leave his home state of Georgia to go to South Carolina. Horn was one of the best freshmen in the country, as he had 45 total tackles, two sacks and eight passes defended. South Carolina went 7-6, but lost to Virginia in the Belk Bowl to end the season. As a sophomore, Horn played well again, finishing with 40 total tackles, one sack and nine passes defended. The Gamecocks had a rough year with a record of 4-8. Horn played in the first seven games of his junior year, totaling 16 tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions and six passes defended. South Carolina disappointed, as they had just two wins on the season.
Midway through the season, Horn decided to opt out and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. He is projected to be a first round pick and one of the first corners off of the board.
Horn has good size for an NFL corner, standing 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds. He can match up well with bigger receivers, which will be especially helpful at the next level. His length is also an asset and allows him to be disruptive. His size fits his play-style, which is aggressive.
Because of his size and length, Horn is a good press corner. He jams wide receivers at the line of scrimmage and makes it difficult for them to get into their routes. This offsets the timing of plays, which can help change games, even if it doesn’t show up in the box score. Wide receivers rarely get the best of him because of his press coverage.
In the NFL, Horn should mostly be used as a man corner (ideally press man corner). After getting a good start to his rep in press, Horn shows the ability to mirror well. He constantly sticks close to his matchup and makes it hard for wide receivers to get open. Horn is capable of shutting down his matchup a lot of times and can do so in the NFL if he progresses.
The biggest knock on Horn will be his ball skills. In three years at South Carolina, he had just two interceptions. Horn stays attached to receivers, but once the ball is in the air he can do a better job of breaking on it and making a play. He has the athletic ability and talent to get more passes defended and interceptions, but he hasn’t shown to be great at it in college.
Horn can play zone coverage, but it isn’t ideal. He keeps plays in front of him when he covers a deep third of the field, but he could be more aggressive to avoid giving up big plays. Horn can also follow a man from in his zone to out of his zone too much. This leaves his zone vacant and other teams have taken advantage. In zone, he’ll need to stay more disciplined to be effective.
He is very aggressive as a corner, which is a good thing, but it has its negatives too. Horn can be too physical down the field and has picked up pass interference and even facemask calls while in coverage. He needs to stop grabbing and trust his coverage at the next level.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick
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