Jaycee Horn Draft Profile
When watching certain players, you can just tell they have that dog in them. Jaycee Horn instantly inserted himself as the top dog in the SEC. I don’t say this about a lot of players, but Horn has that “chutzpah”, that confidence, that shit talking swagger that you want your #1 corner to have. Similar to Jalen Ramsey, Horn is going to dominate, then let his opponent know about it. In the NFL, Horn’s division rivals will hate him, but his fans will absolutely love him. From day one, I expect Horn to be an alpha in the secondary. He is a natural born leader and NFL coaches will fall in love with him in pre-draft meetings.
There isn’t a corner that is more physical than Jaycee Horn in this draft. Horn has been working with Oliver Davis which is the same defensive backs coach that Jalen Ramsey trains with. In press coverage, Horn’s physicality comes out and his hands are so strong. While he is a very “handsy” corner, he knows when to restrain. He understands coverages and he grew up around football. Against Auburn, Horn may have singlehandedly had the greatest performance by a collegiate corner back in the past five years. He has shown that he’s capable of over powering blockers and making open field tackles. Versatility is a big part of Horn’s game, he primarily plays on the outside but he’s not afraid to line up at nickel and even rush the passer. His versatility also shows up in coverage as he thrives in both man and zone coverage. One thing that is so impressive about Horn’s game is his ability to punch the ball out right as the receiver is going to get his hands on it. Horn is athletic, tenacious, and will be a top 15 pick in late April.
When it comes to potential, Horn’s is through the roof. He is still a very raw player that can get a little too “handsy” at times. Horn as shown that he is capable of making any tackle; however, sometimes there is a lack of effort in his tackling. If that is taking a bad angle, not running hard enough, or not wrapping up, Horn needs to be more discipline as a tackler and a good coach should be able to get the best out of him. Other than that, there aren’t many flaws to Horn’s game. Horn is my number one rated corner back and I’m a big believer in what he can do.
It was hard for me to find a comparison for Jaycee Horn. He is like a baby Aqib Talib. He’s definitely not at Talib’s level yet, but his potential is there. Horn has that nasty to him. He is a player that will get in receivers’ heads and will make his presence known. A perfect fit for him is in Tennessee, but the Titans will need to trade up from 21 to get him. The Cardinals and Eagles are both in perfect position to get him as well. Now that the Eagles traded down, they are in the prime position to select Horn and pair him along side Darius Slay. Jaycee Horn may have some rookie growing pains, but he has the potential to be one of the best DB’s in the draft.
Eyes + Instincts 8.25/10
Ball Skills 6.75/8
Size + Speed 6.25/7
Man Coverage 4.25/5
Zone Coverage 4.25/5
Final Rating: 85
Pro Comparison: Aqib Talib
Team Fits: Cardinals, Eagles, Titans
Draft Ranking: Top 12 Player
Draft Projection: Top 15 pick