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Why the Saints should draft CB Jaycee Horn

Jaycee Horn to the Saints makes too much sense...

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Jaycee Horn is a star cornerback from the University of Southern Carolina and the son of New Orleans Saints legend and Pro Bowl wide receiver Joe Horn. Jaycee is entering the 2021 NFL Draft after three seasons with the Gamecocks and is one of the top cornerbacks coming out of this year’s class.

Horn tallied two interceptions with 6 passes defended in his 2020 campaign and has many strengths that would pair well with Saints Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Horn recently ran a 4.39 second 40-yard dash at his pro day, which would give the Saints one of the fastest corner duos in the league.

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Horn has many strengths that make him a sure-fire first-round pick. He has great size and length to be an NFL starting defensive back. He excels in press-man coverage and has operated well in different zone schemes with the Gamecocks. Horn has experience playing both inside and outside corners, and this versatility makes him that much more valuable in today’s NFL.

Horn’s ideal fit with the Saints would in a situation where he would be starting opposite of a number one corner like Marshon Lattimore, and he could even just be a depth piece for the Saints in his rookie year if the team were to add another cornerback in free agency. Horn leaves little to no space for quarterbacks to throw his way, and his solid eye discipline should translate to the next level. Coming from an NFL family, Horn knows what it takes to be a successful player in the NFL.

That’s not to say he’s a perfect player, but Horn’s weaknesses are all things that Saints defensive back coach Kris Ricard could fix. NFL scouts have said that they question why Horn didn’t have higher production during his last year with South Carolina, but he admittedly needs work to be a better run support player. His tackling is fine, but it’s not anything impressive. He can also be a little too handsy in man coverage, and that could result in pass interference calls at the next level, especially with the Saints...

But all these things could get fixed with coaching and practice.

Horn has been mocked to be taken as high as the teens and as low as the early 2nd round. That gives the Saints a great shot to select Jaycee Horn with their 28th overall pick in the first round. Horn paired with Lattimore would jump-start the Saints’ retool after losing Janoris Jenkins as a cap casaulty.

With Lattimore presenting a large question mark about potentially missing time or getting a suspension, adding another solid cornerback becomes a large need. The Saints will need a starting corner opposite Lattimore and depth in case Lattimore has to miss time. The Saints brought back P.J. Williams on a one-year deal, and Williams adds good depth at 3-4 positions but Williams being in the starting lineup over someone of Jaycee Horn’s caliber could cause major problems.

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