The 2021 NFL Draft is right around the corner and South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn is catching fire at the right time. In recent weeks, Horn’s draft stock has been skyrocketing. He has gone from a borderline first-round pick to a player who some believe will be taken in the top-15 when everything is said and done.
Horn, the son of former NFL star wide receiver Joe Horn, has big-time potential. Many believe that he could end up being a superstar and one of the league’s best lockdown corners.
During his three-year career with the Gamecocks, Horn made a ton of plays in many different ways. He racked up 101 total tackles to go along with three sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, and 23 defended passes. Those numbers show the kind of potential that Horn has for the next level.
Standing in at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Horn is a big corner who can be very physical. While he can be physical, he is also fast and a capable playmaker. Horn has the physical ability to become something special.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at the four best potential landing spots for Jaycee Horn in the upcoming NFL Draft.
4. New Orleans Saints
How perfect would this scenario be for Horn? Heading to New Orleans to play for the Saints just like his father did. Not only would it be a cool situation, he would also be a big-time addition for a defense that could use some help at the cornerback position.
Marshon Lattimore and C.J. Gardner-Johnson are the top two corners on the roster right now. That may not change even with the addition of Horn, but he would be a perfect No. 3 corner. He would also give the team a long-term weapon defensively.
Horn to New Orleans is a bit of a stretch unless he falls in the draft. The Saints have the No. 28 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and it seems unlikely that he will fall that far.
3. Green Bay Packers
Next up, there is another relatively unlikely landing spot for Horn. That team would be the Packers, who are without a doubt in need of a young cornerback.
Jaire Alexander is one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL. However, on the other side of the field, Kevin King is a major question mark. He was burned repeatedly during the NFC Championship Game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it was a surprise that the team decided to re-sign him.
Despite the move to re-sign King, Horn would make a ton of sense. He could even end up starting over King. Either way, the Packers need a long-term option across from Alexander and Horn would give them that.
2. Arizona Cardinals
Patrick Peterson has been the longtime face of the Arizona defense, but he left this offseason in free agency to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. Now, the Cardinals need to find a young potential star to replace him. Jaycee Horn could very well end up being that guy.
JJ Watt signed with the Cardinals in free agency and will be the new face of their defense. The secondary needs some help, which is why drafting Horn makes a ton of sense.
With the No. 16 overall pick in the NFL Draft, there is a good chance that the Cardinals will have a chance at Horn. If he’s there, Arizona should bring him in.
1. Las Vegas Raiders
Finally, there is one landing spot that makes more sense than any of the others. That would be the Raiders, who could use a lot of help in their secondary. Jon Gruden and company know that their defense needs to be a focus in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Las Vegas has a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball. If Derek Carr plays up to his talent, the Raiders are going to be good enough offensively to be a playoff team. But, the defense has to improve for that to end up happening.
It will be interesting to see what the Raiders end up doing in the draft. They could go quite a few different directions. Jaycee Horn would be a great fit for their defense and he would be a great pick for them at No. 17 overall.