South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn has CB1 potential


Main as much as the 2021 NFL draft, which begins April 29, Yahoo Sports activities will depend down our high 100 total prospects. We’ll depend them down in teams of 5 for Nos. 100-51, adopted by extra in-depth experiences on our high 50 gamers, with assist from our scouting assistant, Liam Blutman. We reserve the suitable to make adjustments to gamers’ grades and evaluations primarily based on harm updates, pro-day exercises or late-arriving info from NFL groups.

Different prospect rankings: Nos. 100-96 | 95-91 | 90-86 | 85-81 | 80-76 | 75-71 | 70-66 | 65-61 | 60-56 | 55-51 | 50. OT Liam Eichenberg | 49. WR Terrace Marshall Jr. | 48. LB Chazz Surratt | 47. EDGE Joe Tryon | 46. OT-OG Alex Leatherwood | 45. CB Asante Samuel Jr. | 44. DL Levi Onwuzurike | 43. LB Jabril Cox | 42. DT Daviyon Nixon | 41. EDGE Ronnie Perkins | 40. LB Nick Bolton | 39. CB Ifeatu Melifonwu | 38. WR Elijah Moore | 37. OT Jalen Mayfield | 36. EDGE Carlos Basham Jr. | 35. CB Elijah Molden | 34. RB Travis Etienne | 33. WR Kadarius Toney | 32. EDGE Jayson Oweh | 31. LB Zaven Collins | 30. DT Christian Barmore | 29. QB Mac Jones | 28. CB Caleb Farley | 27. RB Javonte Williams | 26. C-OG Landon Dickerson | 25. S Trevon Moehrig | 24. CB Greg Newsome II | 23. WR Rashod Bateman | 22. EDGE Greg Rousseau | 21. OT Christian Darrisaw | 20. RB Najee Harris | 19. LB-S Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | 18. EDGE Jaelan Phillips | 17. OT Teven Jenkins

Here's how we use our prospect grades for the 2021 NFL draft. (Albert Corona/Yahoo Sports)

Here is how we use our prospect grades for the 2021 NFL draft. (Albert Corona/Yahoo Sports activities)

15. South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn

6-foot-1, 205 kilos

Yahoo Sports activities draft grade: 6.10 — doable quick starter

TL;DR scouting report: Lengthy, bodily press nook with elite traits and nice bloodlines, however his tackling and recognition might enhance

Video games watched: Tennessee (2020), Auburn (2020), Florida (2020), Texas A&M (2020)

The thin: A 4-star Rivals recruit (No. 189 nationally), the son of former NFL receiver Joe Horn racked up greater than 30 scholarship gives — together with from Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State — however selected the Gamecocks. Jaycee began 10 of his 11 video games as a real freshman, making 45 tackles (4 for losses), two sacks and eight cross breakups, incomes him all-SEC freshman staff honors and sharing SC’s Most Productive Defensive Participant Award (with T.J. Brunson).

In 2019, Horn made 40 tackles (two for losses), one sack, 9 cross breakups and two pressured fumbles in 12 begins. He made 16 tackles (one for a loss), two interceptions and 6 cross breakups in seven begins in 2020, incomes second-team all-conference. Following the firing of head coach Will Muschamp, Horn opted out for the rest of the season and declared early for the 2021 NFL draft.

Upside: Terrific measurements for a press-man nook. Nice size (33-inch arms, 77 1/4-inch wingspan) and high quality weight distribution. Impacts the catch level with size and leaping capability.

Landed on Yahoo Sports activities’ 2021 All-Juice Staff following a pro-day showcase with a 42-inch vertical soar, 133-inch broad soar, 19 bench press reps and a 4.39-second 40-yard sprint. Gentle toes for a person together with his size. Good change-of-direction expertise to reflect routes. Good make-up velocity if receivers achieve a step on him.

Typically requested to comply with the opponent’s finest receiver, irrespective of their dimension or talent set. Coated everybody from slot receivers (Elijah Moore) to outdoors threats (Terrace Marshall Jr.) and even the most effective tight ends (had some nice reps vs. Kyle Pitts). Camped in Seth Williams’ pocket for 4 quarters in a dominant efficiency vs. Auburn.

Lined up outdoors predominantly however was requested now and again to maneuver inside when wanted — additionally performed slot extensively as freshman. Protection-diverse — performed lot of bodily press, but additionally press-bail, off-man, and zone (cover-2, cover-3 e.g.).

South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn has the look of a long press corner with high upside. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn has the look of a protracted press nook with excessive upside. (AP Photograph/Mark Humphrey)

Pitched some shutouts in protection — zero catches allowed vs. Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M in 2020 (and wasn’t focused a single time vs. Aggies). Allowed solely eight grabs (on 24 targets and 239 protection snaps) all of 2020. Will get his palms on lots of passes — 25 cross breakups in 30 profession video games (on 124 targets).

Retains eyes within the backfield in zone and appears by means of the receiver. Stays affected person and able to pounce. Will come off his spot to make performs elsewhere. Robust blitzing potential — wasn’t requested to do it rather a lot however had a excessive conversion price.

Nice soccer DNA. Three-year starter who was mentally able to face the SEC as an 18-year-old freshman. Feisty competitor — aggressive, robust and performs with an edge. Younger — turns 22 years previous in November — with breathtaking upside. Might find yourself the most effective nook on this total class.

Draw back: Very aggressive and handsy to a fault. Flagged eight instances (three had been declined/offsetting) in seven video games in 2020. Complete of 13 flags (9 accepted penalties) over his ultimate two seasons (19 video games). Retains his palms on receivers virtually all through the route and might be begging for refs to throw flags — should belief his fast, pure toes higher.

Questionable ending expertise on the ball. Solely two profession INTs, each coming in the identical sport. PFF credited him with 4 dropped INTs in his profession. Fingers (9 1/4 inches) are on the small facet. Went his first 26 faculty video games and not using a choose.

Wasn’t as efficient within the pink zone as you’d have hoped — allowed three TDs in 2020 within the pink space. Can get crossed up on rub routes — will fail to acknowledge they’re coming and hesitate methods to beat them.

Good battle with DeVonta Smith in 2019, however Smith beat him twice for first-down grabs. Route anticipation might use extra refinement. Not as efficient in zone — doesn’t but have a perfect really feel for gaining correct depth, particularly in cover-2.

Tackling wants work — 24 profession missed tackles, practically one per sport. There have been instances final season when he appeared to carry again as a tackler — was he attempting to not get harm? Lack of pressure on some sort out makes an attempt raises some questions. Caught on some blocks when run performs scooted proper previous him (see Ole Miss sport, proper earlier than he opted out).

Didn’t run a 3-cone drill or quick shuttle at his professional day.

Greatest-suited vacation spot: Horn’s traits, instincts and youth are extremely promising, and he profiles as a right away starter with Professional Bowl upside. He ideally ought to work in a man-heavy scheme or maybe as a cover-3 nook. He may not be requested to shadow WR1s immediately, however he can play each side of the road and within the slot.

Do you know: Jaycee’s father, Joe Horn, was a fifth-round choose of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in 1996, one among solely two gamers who went from Itawamba Neighborhood Faculty (Miss.) straight to the NFL. He performed 12 years with three groups, made 4 Professional Bowls as a member of the New Orleans Saints and ranks within the high 100 all-time in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs.

And he’s spawned fairly the soccer household. Jaycee has two different brothers who’ve performed high-level soccer. Older brother, Joe Jr., frolicked on the Baltimore Ravens’ roster in 2019 and performed within the XFL in 2020. And youthful brother, Jaycob, is a large receiver who dedicated to Texas State.

Participant comp: Kyle Fuller

Anticipated draft vary: High-20 choose, and it is fully doable he does not make it previous both the Philadelphia Eagles at 12 or the New England Patriots at 15

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