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Jaycee Horn NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Carolina Panthers CB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 30, 2021

South Carolina defensive back Jaycee Horn plays against Vanderbilt in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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HEIGHT:
 6'0 3/4"

WEIGHT: 205

    
POSITIVES:

— Controlled backpedal with fluid hips.

— Likes to get hands on receiver in press and downfield.

— Remains calm playing ball in air and plays through hands with excellent timing.

— Shows very good closing speed on the ball and receiver.

— Ball hawk who is always attacking the ball in the air.

— Willing to step up and support the run.

     

NEGATIVES:

— Can be overly aggressive in press at times. Holds and leans on receivers.

— Shows good reaction but pad level can get high and feet get outside of the frame.

— Takes poor angles and can be out of control at times when tackling, makes business decisions.

     


2020 STATISTICS:

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10 Tackles, 2 INT, 6 PBU

     


NOTES:

— Opted out after 7th game: Ole Miss 11/14

— Father is NFL veteran Joe Horn

    


OVERALL:

Horn is considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the draft. His length shows up when playing the ball downfield, as well as in the run game. His physicality in press stands out by the way he is able to disrupt routes and bully receivers. He looks to be a better fit in a man scheme, although he played a good amount of zone at South Carolina. He has the ability to move inside and cover bigger slots or follow the best receiver around the field. Although he is rarely tested downfield, he has shown the ability to run with most receivers.

He must clean up the consistency in hand placement. Horn has the fluidity to get in and out of breaks and the ball skills to attack the ball in the air. Horn will be able to contribute to a team on day 1.

GRADE: 8.2 (Immediate NFL starter, Late 1st round)

OVERALL RANK21/300

POSITION RANK: CB2

PRO COMPARISON: Aqib Talib

     

Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings