When the Carolina Panthers selected South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it turned some heads. It was considered the first real surprise of the draft, especially considering the Denver Broncos selected Patrick Surtain II with the very next pick, the guy most had on their board as the No. 1 available player at the position.
However, it hasn't taken long for Horn to prove the doubters wrong. While Surtain has shown impressive flashes as well in camp and during the preseason, Horn's preseason numbers can be considered nothing short of perfect.
In 13 coverage snaps in preseason action so far, Horn has yet to allow a single reception.
The Panthers drafted Horn with the hopes of him being their No. 1 lockdown corner in a division that has Mike Evans, Calvin Ridley, Michael Thomas and Chris Godwin. Early returns are showing he's up for the task.
While preseason action is certainly different than when the games begin to count, you can't play any better than Horn has. If he continues this into the regular season, the Panthers will have a lockdown corner for years to come, for a team that desperately needs it.
Let's just hope we get a pick-6 from Horn this year so he can pull out the old flip phone TD celebration just like his father famously did.
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