Alabama 2019 / Auburn / Florida / Ole Miss
His athleticism, size, and body control translate perfectly to how he plays the position. Jaycee is a very physical, very sticky, man coverage specialist who contests nearly everything targeted his way. The corner can line up against any body type and style of WR, from in the slot or out wide against red zone threats, he's a mismatch for anyone on his island. A true ballhawk who eliminates opponents best pass catcher and forces OC's to game plan accordingly.
Due to his dominance in coverage, his flaws in run support and as a tackler are easily highlighted but likely exaggerated. Horn looks uncomfortable at times in zone. He's an average tackler at best with subpar technique who aims too high or too low and simply accepts being blocked out of a play far more than you'd like to see. Needs to bring the same energy and attitude to stopping the run and he'll be just fine at the next level. Scheme fit will be huge in Horn's ability to find success early in his career. Needs to clean up the PI's when getting a little too physical.
Undoubtedly one of the best cover corners to enter the NFL in quite some time. Jaycee Horn covers like Darrelle Revis, travels like Patrick Peterson, hand fights like Jaire Alexander, but tackles like Vernon Hargreaves. Still, he's a second generation NFL talent, a top 15-20 prospect, and likely CB1 on any man-heavy team's board. His game has a ton of early upside and All-Pro potential but he's still developing as a defensive back. At the end of the day, he's a rare talent and the perfect blend of size, athleticism, and attitude with a high floor and insanely high ceiling.
Great athlete with a lean, lengthy frame that features tremendous play strength and elite agility. Horn's a fluid, smooth-footed corner who's blend of body control and technique make him a rare breed. His lateral movement and ability to redirect on a dime while maintaining acceleration allow him to go step for step with speedsters and route technicians. He also possesses outstanding body control and balance.
Big Play Ability
Jaycee Horn is a pure man corner who's at his best when in press, using his stiff jab and length to jam WR's at the LOS. The CB rarely gives up any space and forces wideouts to consistently make difficult catches while being blanketed. Not only was Horn asked to travel, but the entire defense was also built around his man coverage skill set. He was rarely asked to sit in space and instead trail team's #1 while the rest of the coverage played zone. The South Carolina CB still showed signs of reading, reacting, jumping routes when playing in off coverage.
He's extremely productive in jump ball situations, consistently disrupting catches with his length and vertical. When the ball is in the air, his hands are active, aggressive, and he times his punch out very well to break up catches. Horn constantly prevents wideouts from creating separation and his closing quickness allows him to bait QB's into making ill-advised throws that result in turnovers.
His aggressive playing style tends to disappear against the run. He's willing to make a tackle but the effort when taking on blockers and getting through traffic is night and day compared to when he's in coverage. Jaycee tends to go low when making tackles. His pursuit, tackling form, and pad level need improvement but he shouldn't be considered a liability in run support.
Engage with Blockers
Horn plays like a bully! Receivers aren't going to have many opportunities against him and he makes it known throughout the game. Jaycee is what they call a dog! He's scrappy, physically imposing, and will not give up an inch without a fight. Dripping with all the confidence and swag you want to have in a defensive back.
Although Horn played all over the field, trailing his assignment where ever they went and lining up against both WR's and TE's, he's not the most versatile corner. Jaycee does one thing very well, which makes him somewhat scheme-specific and best suited for a heavy man coverage system. Due to him playing on an island, he was rarely seen communicating while in coverage but does great during pre-snap, orchestrating the secondary, and calling out signals on the fly.