Top NFL draft prospect Jaycee Horn is about to make football fans nostalgic for his father, Joe.
Jaycee, an All-SEC cornerback at South Carolina, could go as early as the first round in next month’s NFL draft. He will be the second member in his family to reach the NFL after his father, Joe, spent numerous years catching touchdowns on the New Orleans Saints.
Jaycee Horn impressed at South Carolina
As the son of a former NFL player, Jaycee Horn arrived at South Carolina with high expectations.
Horn lived up to those hopes in three seasons with the Gamecocks, totaling three sacks, forcing two fumbles, and breaking up 20 passes. It took until his junior year for Horn, a very physical defensive back, to snag his first interception.
Both interceptions last season came in a 30-22 victory over Gus Malzahn and No. 15 Auburn on October 17.
His father, Joe, is a former star receiver for the Saints
Long before Michael Thomas arrived on the scene in New Orleans, the Saints had Joe Horn at receiver.
In seven seasons with the Saints from 2000-06, Horn turned 523 receptions into 7,622 yards and 50 touchdowns. Horn had four seasons with over 1,000 yards, all coming before Drew Brees joined the Saints in 2006.
A fifth-round pick in 1996, Horn also played for the Chiefs and Falcons. Jaycee Horn was born in November 1999, amid Horn’s final season with the Chiefs.
Horn is best known, however, for using a cell phone after scoring a touchdown against Michael Strahan and the New York Giants in 2003. The NFL fined Horn $30,000 for that celebration.
Jaycee Horn will enter the NFL with high expectations
Jaycee Horn is expected to be among the first cornerbacks selected in April’s NFL draft, and teams should be salivating at the idea of adding him.
Charlie Campbell, a senior draft analyst for walterfootball.com, praised Horn as a “natural football player” in his scouting report.
Although Campbell is concerned about Horn’s speed, he believes the cornerback’s size — South Carolina listed Horn as standing 6 feet 1 inch and 205 pounds — and his physical nature will help him succeed in the NFL.
“Horn packs a punch on receivers and uses his size and power to reroute them. While Horn has size and strength, he also is very natural in coverage, smoothly running the route and preventing separation. Horn’s height and length make him capable of matching up against big receivers and defending 50-50 passes. He stays in phase and keeps receivers from getting over the top on him. Horn is a natural football player who has good feel and is very instinctive.”
In his most recent mock draft for Walter Football, Campbell wrote that he believes the Dallas Cowboys will use the 10th overall pick on Horn. Elsewhere, ESPN’s Mel Kiper projected the Arizona Cardinals would use the 16th overall pick on Horn in his February 25 mock draft.