Dallas Cowboys: Putting the spotlight on Jaycee Horn

Jaycee Horn #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Jaycee Horn #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The spotlight is shining on potential Dallas Cowboys corner Jaycee Horn

Every fan of the Dallas Cowboys is scrambling to decide what the team should do with their tenth overall draft pick. They have until April 29th to decide.

The player’s availability and drafting the best player on the board must be kept in mind. A late emergence to the debate is cornerback Jaycee Horn.

He is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Joe Horn. Unlike his father, Jaycee went on to play football in college. It was at the University of South Carolina that Jaycee made a name for himself.

Standing at six feet and one inch tall, the former Gamecock does not lack size. His 205 pounds is something opposing wideouts will feel as he lowers his shoulder into a tackle.

Despite being tall for a cornerback, Horn ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at South Carolina’s pro day. That’s fast enough to keep up with some of the NFL’s fastest receivers.

Horn’s career at South Carolina

He ended his season early, opting out of the last three games to prepare for the NFL Draft. It came one day after then head coach Will Muschamp got fired.

In the seven games he played, Jaycee played very well. He only had 16 tackles, but he also knocked down six passes while intercepting two of them. That was enough to catapult him into the first round for mock drafts.

That’s not to say he hadn’t played well in the previous two seasons. His 2018 season consisted of 45 tackles, eight passes defended, 2.0 sacks, but no interceptions. His 2019 season consisted of 40 tackles, nine batted passes, 1.0 sack, and no interceptions.

Some may find it concerning that he hadn’t picked off a pass until this season. The reason I am not too worried about it since his passes defended prove he can get his hands on the ball. The next part is working on his hands to come down with the ball.

The physicality Horn plays with is what makes him stand out among the cornerbacks in the draft. His desires to dominate his opponent on every snap may intrigue owner Jerry Jones.

His ability to shine on a defense that gave up 40+ points in three games with Horn on the field is an impressive feat on its own. Despite little help around him, Horn managed to catapult himself into the conversation as the best cornerback in the draft.

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With the tenth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Jaycee Horn will likely be available. The Dallas Cowboys have the option to draft a cornerback with a great mentality. Package that with the consistency and athleticism, and you have a top-end defensive back suiting up with the star on his helmet.