Steelers Scouting Profile: Jaycee Horn is a must draft at 24

Jaycee Horn #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jaycee Horn #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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With the sudden need at cornerback, the Steelers will need to keep a close eye on a prospect like Horn in the coming weeks.

With the recent release of Steven Nelson, the Steelers will be forced to target a cornerback in this upcoming draft class. There seems to be some mutual interest in one of the top options in Jaycee Horn, as the team met with him at his pro day. This was before he absolutely blew up due to his insane athleticism. If he is still on the board when the Steelers pick, he will be squarely in the picture. Here is a scouting profile of Horn for the upcoming draft.


6’1, 205 lbs

16 tackles, 2 interceptions

Tape studied: Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU

South Carolina only played seven games this past season, but Horn took his game to the next level. He was a standout on a disappointing team, and he continued to show progress from where he had been in previous seasons. Son of former pro bowl receiver Joe Horn, his bloodline and youth should be intriguing to the Steelers as they are a team that usually pays attention to things like that.

He was seen as a fringe first-round prospect until he blew up his pro day. He now has prototypical size, good tape, and elite athletic measurables that have vaulted him into the top cornerback conversation. While he is still widely considered the third-best option at the position, that is more of a testament to just how top-heavy this draft is at cornerback. Horn is quite the intriguing fit, but there are some notable cons that need to be addressed before the Steelers can consider taking him.