New Panthers CB Jaycee Horn compared to Pro Football Hall of Famer

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Jaycee Horn draws Champ Bailey comparisons

The potential where Jaycee Horn is concerned is there for all to see. The Carolina Panthers got themselves a potential shutdown presence on the outside that Matt Rhule went to see for himself at South Carolina’s pro day and his knowledge of what it takes to succeed in the NFL after growing up around the league is another strong factor that cannot be ignored.

NFL Spinzone writer Hans Themistode agrees, comparing the incoming rookie to Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey, who enjoyed a glittering career with the Washington Football Team and Denver Broncos after being taken No. 7 overall in the 1999 NFL Draft.

"“The skills (Jaycee Horn) displayed while staring at South Carolina at eerily similar to Hall of Fame corner Champ Bailey. While social distancing has become the norm in today’s day and age, none of that will be allowed by Horn. He oftentimes took the best receiver on the other side of the field and held them in check.”"

Themistode added that there is a major difference between Horn and Bailey from a coverage standpoint, with a notable difference in 40 times another thing to consider when examining the two.

With that being said, if Horn can go on and produce even half of what Bailey managed to accomplish throughout his career, the Panthers will have made the right choice at No. 8 despite the obvious calls for a better long-term alternative to Sam Darnold under center.