Philadelphia Eagles draft: 2 Reasons Jaycee Horn is a perfect selection

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ DC is perfect for molding this young man.

The Eagles recently hired Johnathon Gannon to replace Jim Schwartz as the defensive coordinator in Philadelphia. Gannon is a former defensive backs coach for the Colts, and he was able to transform players like Xavier Rhodes and Kenny Moore into solid starters.

While it’s unclear as to what exact defensive scheme Gannon will bring to Philadelphia, we can infer that it will be a mix of what he’s coached in the past. The new Eagles DC has worked with Vikings HC Mike Zimmer and Colts DC Matt Eberflus.

Both of these schemes choose to deploy a two-deep safety look as opposed to Jim Schwartz’s one-deep safety look. This will allow the Eagles cornerbacks to be aggressive in attacking the ball because they will likely have safety help over the top. For Jaycee Horn, this means that he would be able to exercise his terrific ball skills.

Gannon also loves length at the cornerback position and often presses opposing receivers. Does this type of playstyle ring a bell? If drafted to the Eagles, Horn would be able to slide right into a cornerback-friendly scheme that fits the way he plays.

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Having a defensive coordinator that was a former defensive backs coach will also help Horn acclimate to the NFL. Not to mention he would have a former All-Pro cornerback in Darius Slay as a mentor.

While it’s extremely exciting to imagine Horn’s potential in Philadelphia, he has to be drafted by the Eagles first. There is a chance that he won’t be available at pick 12, but if he is, Howie Roseman needs to give Jaycee Horn a proper look. He’ll regret it if he doesn’t.