The Carolina Panthers selected cornerback Jaycee Horn with the No. 8 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday night and while the fanfare around the selection was big, his father appeared to be somewhat disappointed with the lack of conversation around his son.
Joe Horn, the former New Orleans Saints wide receiver, is the father of Jaycee. He told ESPN on Friday he was “disappointed” with the lack of talk around his son and pointed to the Aaron Rodgers trade rumors being the reason.
“Let me say this, I’m a huge Aaron Rodgers fan,” Joe Horn told ESPN. “But last night when I saw that he was not happy with Green Bay … when I saw nothing at all was talked about my son, it kind of upset me, and I was disappointed.”
The elder Horn, who never played college football at a four-year school, woke up this morning with a set of expectations that were not met.
“I was expecting everybody to be saying, ‘Look, nobody thought Jaycee Horn was going to go top 10. Nobody expected he was going to be the first defensive player off the board.’ I thought it would be given a little more attention, and there was none. It was very disappointing as a father’,” the 12-year NFL veteran said.
Horn noted Jaycee didn’t know he was even upset and added he was “happy” the Panthers drafted his son.
Jaycee Horn was a standout cornerback at South Carolina. In 2020, he played in seven games for the Gamecocks. He had 16 total tackles and two interceptions – the only two of his collegiate career.
On Thursday, Horn was the first defensive player off of the board.