Jaycee Horn Says Difference Between Him and Patrick Surtain II Is 'Night and Day'

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 22, 2021

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 19: Jaycee Horn #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks goes after a pass against C.J. McWilliams #12 of the Florida Gators during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn told Dallas Cowboys brass that he believes the difference between him and Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II is "night and day."

Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk relayed the comments from the Cowboys, who are releasing snippets of video conversations they are having with draft prospects.

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Who’s the best CB in the #NFLDraft? @GamecockFB's CB Jaycee Horn gave his opinion & discussed the comparisons to @AlabamaFTBL's Patrick Surtain. pic.twitter.com/OlzSLB5SoG

“I feel like I’m the best corner in the draft hands down. When I look at all the corners, I feel like the top, the top of the top is me and Pat Surtain of Alabama. I feel like he a great player. I learned a lot from watching his film. But I think what separates us ultimately is just the way we compete, the way I compete, and the way he plays. I feel like it’s like a night-and-day difference when you turn on the tape.”

Horn and Surtain have separated themselves from the rest of the defensive back group in the 2021 class.

They're the top two cornerbacks on big boards from the B/R NFL Scouting Department, Dane Brugler of The Athletic and Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network.

They're also tops on two notable aggregate big boards from Mock Draft Database and Arif Hasan of The Athletic.

Both are exceptional in their own rights. For example, Horn has a habit of locking down the top wide receivers in the game:

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Notable performances by Jaycee Horn<br><br>Jaylen Waddle<br>1/1, 12 yards<br><br>Jerry Jeudy<br>1/1, 7 yards<br><br>Justyn Ross<br>2/4, 14 yards<br><br>Kyle Pitts<br>1/3, 20 yards<br><br>Seth Williams<br>1/9, 44 yards, 2 INTs<br><br>Elijah Moore<br>7/10, 47 yards (2 games)<br><br>🔒 pic.twitter.com/a4Z0Wmf3sn

And Pro Football Focus tweeted about how valuable Surtain was compared to other defensive backs:

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Patrick Surtain II was twice as valuable as any other draft-eligible DB last season (PFF Wins Above Average) pic.twitter.com/sw6DIFSe3i

Both players are also the sons of ex-NFL stars. Horn's father is ex-New Orleans Saints wideout Joe Horn, and Surtain is the son of ex-Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Patrick Surtain.

We'll soon find out which one of them goes off the board first with the draft set to begin Thursday, April 29.