Denver Broncos: 4 cornerbacks team could take in first round of 2021 draft
Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Many scouts and media outlets will look at South Carolina and be interested in Jaycee Horn’s teammate, Israel Mukuamu, but Horn might be the better pro prospect.
At 6-foot-1, Horn has ideal size and like Surtain, was able to become a starter for the Gamecocks as a freshman.
Horn employs a very physical brand of pass defense, jamming the receivers whenever he can and using his size and frame to throw them off route. He is aggressive in attacking the ball but could work on his tackling technique.
When watching Horn, you are not going to see a speedster but you will see a willing and able defender ready to put his hands on you. He can be overly aggressive and could be flagged for pass interference more often than you would like to see.
But he also has the ability to make the opposing quarterback turn the other way all game and never throw the ball his way, making him a lockdown corner candidate.
There are parts of Horn’s game that could evolve, but for what he brings as a corner in either man or zone coverage along with his terrific ball skills, he is absolutely a guy who could and likely should be drafted in the first round.