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ATHENS, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 12: Jaycee Horn #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts as Israel Mukuamu #24 returns an interception for a touchdown in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 12: Jaycee Horn #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts as Israel Mukuamu #24 returns an interception for a touchdown in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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NY Jets (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
NY Jets (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

1. The NY Jets could trade up for Jaycee Horn

It’s incredibly unlikely that Jaycee Horn will be available at the No. 23 selection, but if by some miracle he is, the team has to draft him. I’d bet my life savings that it’s not going to happen, so if the team wants to get him, they’ll likely have to trade up.

If you’ve been reading this website frequently, you’ve been seeing a lot of articles about Horn — and deservingly so. He’s one of the best defensive prospects in the draft and has the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowler.

This may not be the best analysis on why I value Horn over other prospects, but I’ll share it regardless. Anytime an NFL, or any professional league, prospect has a parent who’s a former professional athlete, and they excelled, that gives me way more reinsurance and belief in the prospect.

It’s no disrespect to any other prospect whose parents weren’t professional athletes, but there’s something about second or third-generation talents that make them more much likely to succeed in their spot.

Horn’s father, Joe, was a very gifted wide receiver and had a long NFL career. As a result of growing up around football and learning the game with someone who played it professionally, it potentially gives him an advantage to succeed more than others.

Horn is also an unbelievable athlete and his size is incredibly appealing for a cornerback, thus the Jets would be very lucky to draft him.

He’s projected to go anywhere between No. 10 and No. 17 right now, so if the Jets want to select him, they’d have to give up the No. 23 and No. 66 picks, at the very least, to move up.

Next: 2. Greg Newsome II

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