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University of South Carolina junior cornerback Jaycee Horn was selected by the Carolina Panthers as the eighth pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. He was the first defensive player taken in the 2021 draft.

Horn became the 15th Gamecock to be taken in the first round of the draft and the 10th since 2000. He is the fifth-highest Gamecock selected behind George Rogers (1), Jadeveon Clowney (1), Sterling Sharpe (7) and Troy Williamson (7).

At South Carolina's Pro Day, the Alpharetta, GA native measured in at six-feet and three-quarters inches and 205 pounds. He posted a 41.5 inch vertical leap, broad jumped 11-1 and bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times while running a 4.37 hand-held timed 40-yard dash.

The Gamecocks have produced a selection in 19 of the last 20 NFL Drafts. Horn is also the 30th Gamecock defensive back selected in the NFL Draft and the 15th since 2002.

Gamecocks selected in the first round of the NFL Draft include:

  • 2021 Jaycee Horn CB Carolina Panthers 8
  • 2020 Javon Kinlaw DT San Francisco 49ers 14
  • 2018 Hayden Hurst TE Baltimore Ravens 25
  • 2014 Jadeveon Clowney DE Houston Texans 1
  • 2012 Stephon Gilmore CB Buffalo Bills 10
  • 2012 Melvin Ingram DE San Diego Chargers 18
  • 2006 Johnathan Joseph CB Cincinnati Bengals 24
  • 2005 Troy Williamson WR Minnesota Vikings 7
  • 2004 Dunta Robinson DB Houston Texans 10
  • 2000 John Abraham LB New York Jets 13
  • 1993 Ernest Dye OT Phoenix Cardinals 18
  • 1988 Sterling Sharpe WR Green Bay Packers 7
  • 1981 George Rogers RB New Orleans Saints 1
  • 1981 Willie Scott TE Kansas City Chiefs 14
  • 1979 Rick Sanford DB New England Patriots 25

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