Jaycee Horn – Carolina Panthers CB
A true shutdown cornerback can really impact an opposing team’s game plan. Whether it’s by shadowing their top wideout and drastically reducing production, or essentially closing off an entire portion of the field just by being there.
That’s exactly what Jaycee Horn proved he is this season.
In the 13 games Horn played, he totaled 53 tackles, including one quarterback hit and two tackles for loss, seven passes defended, and three interceptions. Those are outstanding numbers for a cornerback that is rarely even contested.
Horn was only targeted 60 times, allowing just 33 completions. Only one of those completions went for a touchdown.
Though he didn’t register a sack, Horn was also used as a weapon in pressuring the opposing quarterback in certain situations. He was officially credited with three pressures on nine blitzes, finishing with six missed tackles on a 10.2 percent clip.
His Pro Football Focus grade looks less impressive than his game film. Good for No. 32 overall among all corners at 71.4. His coverage grades were higher than his run defense, which brought the total down a bit more than his play seemed to show.
Horn played 812 defensive snaps in his 13 games this season. Amongst all cornerbacks that played a minimum of 800, he ranked No. 19.
Even at this very young point in his career, the only question mark for the former South Carolina stud is his ability to stay healthy. Injuries are a part of football and had there been more on the line, Horn also let it be known he most likely would have suited up in the final game.
Simply put, Horn is a Carolina Panthers cornerstone for future success.