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Film Room: Why the Panthers Drafted Jaycee Horn

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of The Riot Report. The author of this post is Vincent Richardson.


    With the 8th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers selected South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn — and while a major part of the narrative surrounding this decision will revolve around the fact that he isn't Justin Fields, the major focus should be the fact that the Panthers have made yet another major move to help improve their defense, a young unit which played well in 2020 despite some talent limitations.

    Horn has been viewed as one of the top two cornerback prospects through the pre-draft process, and as the first defensive prospect taken the Panthers will hope that he can become a foundational piece on that side of the ball to go with the likes of Brian Burns, Jeremy Chinn and Derrick Brown.

    We've taken a look at the tape to see what made Horn so hard to pass on with the eighth pick, where he could get better still, and how this fits into the broader picture of the Panthers' defense.

    It is no secret that the NFC South has some big receivers, and Matt Rhule made a point of mentioning the value in being able to match up with bigger receivers for cornerbacks playing in the division.

    [ ... ]

    Read the full article HERE on The Riot Report.

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