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Why Jaycee Horn Could be Dan Quinn’s Preferred 1st-round CB

Cowboys 1st-round pick could be between Jaycee Horn or Patrick Surtain II.

With the 10th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select… Jaycee Horn, Cornerback, South Carolina.

Believe it or not, but Jaycee Horn firmly cemented himself as one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2021 draft class. Not to be outdone by Patrick Surtain II’s impressive Pro Day performance, Horn went all “anything you can do I can do better” yesterday at his own. The race to be the CB1 this year is heating up.

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The CB1 race might be heating up.

This is obviously great news for the Dallas Cowboys who are leaving no stone unturned in their search for another starting caliber CB to pair with last years second-round pick Trevon Diggs. Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II could very well be their top targets, especially after the recent news Caleb Farley will be undergoing surgery to relieve some back pain.

With Caleb Farley now likely to big of a risk to draft in the Top 10 the debate now becomes who would the Dallas Cowboys prefer between Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II? There’s really no wrong answer because both are close to perfect fits in Dan Quinn’s scheme, however, Dallas’ new defensive coordinator could very well like one over the other just a little more.

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Go cover Kyle Pitts in Y-ISO..Go cover Elijah Moore in Slot..Go cover Devonta Smith w/no help…..There are lots of cornerbacks in CFB, make sure you note what they’re being asked to do! They aren’t all given the same responsibility! @jayceehorn_10

I could be completely off base here, but I think Dan Quinn could prefer Jaycee Horn over Patrick Surtain II by a smidgen. The former Crimson Tide CB primary aligned on the left during his time at Alabama, where as Horn played nearly every CB position from multiple alignments shadowing opposing offenses top target in the passing game. That kind of versatility is extremely appealing.

Dan Quinn could very well view that versatility as a chess piece type of weapon he can deploy in a multitude of ways in his heavy Cover 1-3 defensive scheme. And believe it or not, but he could have a little more inside information about the former Gamecock due to his friendship with Will Muschamp, one of his best friends and Jaycee’s former head coach at Florida.

Any inside information Dan Quinn can get out of his best friend could prove to be invaluable when final decisions need to be made. Both players are no doubt worthy of the 10th overall pick in the first-round this year, but I truly believe Jaycee Horn brings a little bit more to the table then what Patrick Surtain II does.

The versatility, physicality, and swagger Jaycee Horn brings to the position sets him apart from any other CB prospect in this year’s draft class. It’s that and the connection to Dan Quinn in a roundabout way through Will Muschamp that has turned him into my favorite defensive player for the Dallas Cowboys.

There’s a lot of grasping at straws here on my part, but I think all of this could make him a favorite of Dan Quinn’s as well. Because of that, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he’s Dallas’ first-round selection with the 10th overall pick. Now all we have to do is wait and see if this is indeed what happens.

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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  1. Horn is the only CB I would draft at 10.

    If a stud qb was sitting there, with Horn, I would trade back, and try and switch 1’s, pick up a second this year, and get a 1 next year. That is what we could have received for Dak, which would make his 40 mil annuals more palatable.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with the assessment of Horn, he would be the lockdown corner the Cowboys organization been missing since prime time. If the Cowboys draft Horns, he can be as a rookie to carry out the chess game. That why the other 10 can concentrate on the backside which has been a Cowboys weaknesses for the past 24 years. It’s will probably take a half a season to jell.

  3. Sam, stop living in a world that doesn’t exist. Dak will be the face of the franchise for at least the next four years. If, he doesn’t product the Lombardi Trophy by 2024, that’s another subject down the road. But with the way Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn putting the pieces to the puzzle, the Cowboys will be competitive on the defensive side of the football, which is a breath of fresh air, since 1995. Stop it with the anti Dak talk. As Cowboys fans we either sink or swim with Dak at least for the next four years. Enough said!

  4. Dak will be the face of the franchise for the next four years, or until he isn’t. Too many variables. Look at next year’s schedule: it is hard to see a better record than 7-10. JJ/SJ could panic and dunp HC MM, and try to find a new HC as savior. But what if Dak does not fit the scheme of the new HC? The Boys can’t trade Dak, according to his contract.. But if the Boys regress and go with a new HC, will they only hire a new HC who sees Dak as his perfect fit? Too many variables. If in that four-year period the Boys are put in the position of being able to draft a truly gifted young QB, and they don’t because of Dak, what then? What new HC would want come to Dallas under those circumstance? Too many variables. Dak could be the GOAT, or he could be the scapegoat.

  5. I don’t hate Prescott at QB but I sure as hell wouldn’t have signed that contract……

    If I were GM, Prescott would’ve been on another team, playing in Dallas for a hell of a lot less, or on the street.

  6. Why keep bemoaning the fact that we signed Dak? It’s a waste of energy. What’s done is done. We get it some of u didn’t agree with the signing. But now we move forward and and figure out how we can improve this team. Some of u are already looking years down the road and projecting the failure of Dak already. Sheeesh

    And AGAIN it’s a team game. The success of the cowboys will be dependent on many many factors. Yes Dak is the most important component but he’s just one piece of the puzzle. Do you WANT him to fail? You do realize that if he is successful then likely the team is too right?

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