3. Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Size: 6-1, 205
The Good: So you want an NFL cornerback? You want him to be big enough to be physical, have a great frame, and have the raw speed and cutting ability to handle anything and adjust well on the fly.
Horn has sub-4.4 wheels, made 101 tackles in his three seasons at South Carolina, and he broke up 23 passes. He’s excellent at getting physical when needed – he takes over smallish receivers – and he plays like he takes it personally when someone challenges him on a 50/50 ball.
He’ll wrap up and stop any receiver who gets the ball, and he’s good in the open field, but …
The Not-So-Good: You’re not going to pay him to stop the run. Oh yeah, he’ll beat up the receivers to make something happen, but he’s not going to line up and blast a ball-carrier who gets up a head of steam.
The bigger problem though is the lack of interceptions. He picked off two passes in last year’s win over Auburn, and that was it for his career. They were big plays that mattered in the team’s last win of the season – and in the Will Muschamp era – but he just doesn’t seem to be able to pick off passes.
"I'm a dog. I don't know about them, but I always feel like I'm the biggest dude on the field."@jayceehorn_10 thinks he's the best CB in this draft class and I have him right at the top of my board as well. @ATCoveredPod @P2
— Bryant McFadden (@BMac_SportsTalk) April 7, 2021
NFL Draft College Perspective Thought: He’s a No. 1 starting cornerback. He might not come up with a whole lot of takeaways, but he’ll jam his guy, push him around, and he’ll break up the pass that comes his way.
Again, he’s got the tools, the talent, and the look of an NFL starting cornerback. He might not need all that much time to get going, and if he’s surrounded by a few thumping safeties and a speedy corner on the other side, look out – he might take on that CB1 role right out of the box.
Projected Round: First