By: Hussam Patel
Another NFL Legacy player in this draft, defensive back Jaycee Horn is the son of former Pro Bowl WR Joe Horn. Jaycee is a big, long, athletic, physical, and aggressive corner who is willing to match up on any receiver who lines up across from him. He can also play press man and zone coverage, which is a necessity in today's NFL.
Horn started off as a nickel back, giving him early access to what the NFL could be like his freshman year. He consistently made plays both in the run and pass game and as a blitzer. That type of versatility is a valuable commodity in today’s NFL, as offenses value the ability to manufacture and manipulate space more and more frequently.
His best game was against Auburn’s Seth Williams, and he dominated that game. His confidence shined that game, and he really put himself into the national spotlight. With quick feet and fluid hips for a larger cornerback of his size, the Gamecock defender is able to stay in phase with most outside receivers throughout their routes, giving up minimal separation.
He is very physical at the catch point, excelling at using his length to close passing windows and playing through receivers’ hands. Horn is not the kind of ball-hawk who offenses fear to test, his production saw him nab his only interception his final season. Part of this is due to his use in man coverage, which often keeps him from looking in the backfield, but he also needs to improve his ability to track the ball in the air.
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