Round 1, Pick 10
Jaycee Horn, CB – South Carolina
Pro Day Results: 4.39 – 40-yard dash, 41.5-inch vertical jump, 133-inch broad jump
I’m on record as stating that my preference is Alabama’s Patrick Surtain, II. However, in this simulation, the Carolina Panthers beat Dallas to the punch with the eighth overall selection. Horn is certainly a worthy consolation prize.
There’s a lot to like about Horn. His father played at a very high level for several years. He can play equally well in both man and zone schemes. Horn is physical, has great NFL size, and would compliment Trevon Diggs quite well, giving the Cowboys two young, impressive cornerbacks on the perimeter.
Round 2, Pick 44
Carlos Basham, Jr., DE – Wake Forest
Pro Day Results: 4.64 – 40-yard dash, 20 bench press reps, 122-inch broad jump, 34-inch vertical jump
Basham may not be the prototypical edge rusher, but he does offer some unique skills and has the potential to be very productive. His strong hands and crafted technique are already above most players at this stage.
With DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory already in place, Basham can come in as a rotational guy as he hones his skills at the next level. Posting almost 20 sacks and another 22.5 tackles for loss in his final two college seasons shows he can be highly productive.