With the seventh pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers drafted cornerback Jaycee Horn from South Carolina. Horn was a three-year starter for the Gamecocks and an integral part of the defensive backfield during his time at South Carolina.
Horn recorded 101 total tackles in his collegiate career, with 69 of them being solo tackles. He also broke up 23 passes, recorded three sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions in a successful career with a program that may not have been on top in the SEC.
Jaycee Horn has star potential
The South Carolina cornerback will add to the Panthers’ defense early in his career since he is capable of playing multiple schemes and should be able to learn Carolina’s with ease. His press coverage is strong and he is confident and patient waiting for the release. Horn was often the man on the opponent’s most talented target and he knows how to apply pressure. He can be a lockdown corner.
He is underrated on the blitz and capable of breaking blocks going after quarterbacks. He is also able to keep his attention well balanced between the quarterback and the route and is experienced at moving from outside coverage to slot.
Horn’s 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame allows him to play to his size with physical man coverage and his long arms have helped him intercept balls at the catching point. He is the son of former NFL receiver Joe Horn, so he has the game in his bloodline and determination and grit to get it done.