5 cornerbacks on Steelers draft radar after cutting Steven Nelson

Defensive back Eric Stokes. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
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Jaycee Horn #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Jaycee Horn

Jaycee Horn is a player who is widely considered one of the top three prospects at the cornerback position entering the 2021 NFL Draft this year, and some have him even as high as the top cornerback in the class. When you put on his film, it’s not hard to see why.

Though Horn doesn’t have the sound technique like Patrick Surtain II or the elite athletic traits of a player like Caleb Farley, he’s unquestionably the most physical cornerback in the class, and his ability to play press-man coverage and dominate when the ball is in the air has caused some to liken him to Richard Sherman.

The Steelers clearly covet physicality at the cornerback position, and Horn delivers. Horn may only have two career interceptions but at 6’1” and 205 pounds, he could be an Ike Taylor-like outside cover corner who could be a cornerstone piece to Pittsburgh’s defense for years to come. In addition, Horn is a 20-year-old underclassman with family bloodlines (his father was wide receiver, Joe Horn). Pittsburgh is sure to have an interest – especially knowing Steven Nelson will not be there next year.