Jaycee Horn New Panthers Jersey Numbers Honors Kobe Bryant

Jaycee Horn's Carolina Panthers jersey number is a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.
Jaycee Horn's Carolina Panthers jersey number is a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Talented cornerback Jaycee Horn was scooped up quickly by the Carolina Panthers with the No. 8 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Horn should be a Day 1 starter and will immediately elevate the Panthers' secondary against the pass-happy offenses around the league.

Jaycee Horn Panthers Jersey Number

And now the top Panthers rookie's jersey number has been revealed for the 2021 season.

Jaycee Horn Jersey

Horn will wear No. 8 for the Panthers this season. He revealed that his number is a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, who wore No. 8 up until the 2006-07 season. Bryant was also originally drafted by the Charlotte Hornets before the draft night trade that sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The NFL's recent rule change regarding jerseys -- allowing even more positions, including defensive backs, to wear single-digit numbers -- has made Horn's Kobe tribute possible.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound corner gives Carolina a big-bodied defensive back who can match up with the top wideouts in the league. He recorded 23 pass defenses over his three seasons at South Carolina and earned a 78.4 grade from ProFootballFocus in 2020.

Being the son of a former NFL wideout in Joe Horn certainly gives the corner an added feel for the game that not many have, which could set him up for success even as a rookie.

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