Jaycee Horn NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Jaycee Horn NFL Draft Profile, Highlights, and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospect
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospects
  • cornerback
  • Gamecocks
  • Jaycee Horn
  • NFL Combine
  • nickelback
  • Pro Day
  • South Carolina Gamecocks
By Tyler Lawrence April 2, 2021 0 Comment
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Jaycee Horn is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Jaycee Horn is a cornerback for the South Carolina Gamecocks and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Horn is a three-year starter for the Gamecocks with phenomenal production this last season.

In 2020, Horn played in seven games but still made 16 total tackles with two interceptions and six pass deflections. For the 2019 season, Horn had 40 total tackles, nine pass deflections, one sack, and recovered two fumbles. Horn had 45 total tackles, two sacks, and six pass deflections as a slot corner as a true freshman.

According to Pro Football Focus for 2020, Horn earned a 78.4 defensive grade, 22nd-highest among all cornerback prospects, and a 78.0 coverage grade that ranked 35th. He also allowed a passer rating of 54.9, which ranked 14th among all defensive backs with at least 450 snaps.

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Jaycee Horn was First-Team All-State coming out of High School in Georgia and was selected as an Under Armour All-American. Additionally, he was ranked at least the 22nd top cornerback in the nation by ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports. As a four-star recruit, Horn had offers from many prominent programs like Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, LSU, and Georgia. On National Signing Day, Horn chose South Carolina because “They develop DBs and get DBs to the league, so it’s the best place for me.”

Horn was a first-year starter as a true freshman, often playing in the slot for the Gamecocks. As a result, he faced top-level talent right away against Justyn Ross, Tee-Higgins, Devonta Smith, Jerry Jeudy, and Donovan Peoples-Jones. He also faced Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith every day in practice. His biggest benefactor might actually come from his NFL bloodlines as his father, Joe Horn, was a Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Facing top-level talent would later lead to plenty of recognition as well. Horn not only made the SEC All-Academic team, but he made the SEC All-Freshman-Team in 2018 and All-SEC Second-Team (coaches poll) even with Patrick Surtain, Derick Stingley, Kelvin Joseph, Eric Stokes, and Tyson Campbell in the same conference. Horn is projected to be a top-10 to top-20 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and could be the first cornerback taken.

Scouting Capsule

Jaycee Horn NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Kyle Fahey, Daniel Kitchen, Tyler Lawrence, and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements & Pro Day

At South Carolina, Jaycee Horn was listed at 6’1″ and 200 pounds. After his pro day, his measurement came back at 6 feet 6/8″ (6006) and 200 pounds. He has 33″ arms, which is considered long for a defensive back, 9 1/8″ hands, and a 77 1/4″ wingspan.

Incredibly, Horn ran a 4.40 40-yard-dash, which was much faster than was anticipated. He also put up 225 pounds on bench press 19 times. Horn leaped 41.5″ in the vertical and 133″ (1101) in the broad jump. Unfortunately, he did not complete shuttle drills. Still, he was graded 9.99 in the Relative Athletic Score (RAS)

Highlights


Strengths

  • Physically imposing. Nearly 6’1″ with long arms and a solid frame packed with muscle.
  • Extremely tough and physical at the line of scrimmage. No free releases
  • Loves fighting with receivers through the route. Constant hand usage and aggressive
  • Has ball skills from NFL Pedigree. Fights to get the ball out on receptions.
  • Versatility to play inside or out.
  • Very willing to support in the run game. Runs right through blocks, not around
  • Isn’t afraid of contact. In fact, he’s looking for it

Weaknesses

  • Can be grabby. Will lead to holding and pass interference penalties
  • Contact tackler. Doesn’t always wrap up. Tends to lead to missed tackles and big gains
  • Didn’t create many turnovers. Only two interceptions and no fumbles
  • More of a man coverage player than zone. Can drift too far at times from responsibility
  • Doesn’t always play up to long speed. not as strong on deeper routes

NFL Comparison

Vontae Davis – Miami Dolphins 2009-2011 | Indianapolis Colts 2012-2017 | Buffalo Bills 2018-2017

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