There has been a lot of recent news concerning the Dallas Cowboys and potential cornerback targets in the 2021 NFL Draft. It is without question that corner is one of the top priorities for the team to address in April.

Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley is set to undergo back surgery. That will surely drop his stock among teams around the league. On the other hand, Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II turned heads at an impressive pro day performance. There is some fear that Surtain may have played himself into a pick before the Cowboys go onto the clock.

South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn is widely considered to be the third first-round cornerback prospect in this year’s draft class. Horn, the son of former New Orleans Saints wideout Joe Horn, is known for his swagger and physical nature of play. That would be a much-needed addition to the Cowboys defense.


Jaycee Horn
Nov 9, 2019; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Jaycee Horn (1) breaks up a pass to Appalachian State Mountaineers wide receiver Thomas Hennigan (5) during the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

As it turns out, the Dallas Cowboys will meet with the South Carolina prospect after his pro day on Wednesday. Horn stated that he has already spoken with the Cowboys. It appears that Dallas is showing some considerable interest in the former Gamecocks defender.

The Athletic‘s Dane Brugler ranks Horn as the third best corner in the draft class, only behind Farley and Surtain II. Brugler compares Horn to former Denver Broncos defensive back Aqib Talib.

Overall, Horn needs to refine his discipline and finishing skills, but he is a long, agile athlete with outstanding instincts, bloodlines (his father is former NFL receiver Joe Horn) and competitive mentality. He projects as an NFL starting press-man corner in the Aqib Talib mold.

Horn is not somebody that lacks confidence. The South Carolina product claimed that he is the best defensive player in the 2021 NFL Draft ahead of his pro day. That is the kind of confidence you like to see in your defensive back.

Horn is a near-lock to be taken in the first-round. The NFL is always looking for players that can defend the pass as the league invests more and more in the passing game. Horn has the talent, the size, and the pedigree to develop into a lockdown press corner.

With Farley’s stock dropping and Surtain II’s stock rising, it would be wise for Dallas Cowboys fans to become more and more familiar with Jaycee Horn.

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