By Zach Shugan
Less than four years ago, Jaycee Horn was making a name for himself as a member of the Alpharetta High School football team. Later this year, Horn will be gearing up on Sundays as a member of the National Football League.
Horn was selected eighth overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2021 NFL Draft. The cornerback earned All-SEC honors at South Carolina after graduating from Alpharetta in 2018.
Horn becomes the first North Fulton native to be drafted since Xavier McKinney one year ago. The 2017 graduate of Roswell went on to play college football at Alabama before entering draft, where he was selected 36th overall by the New York Giants.
Horn is also the second Alpharetta graduate to be drafted in the past five years, as quarterback Joshua Dobbs (Class of 2013) was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2017 draft.
Horn’s father is Joe Horn, the former Pro Bowl wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints. Joe was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 1996 draft.
Horn will play the Falcons in Atlanta once per season, as the Panthers and Falcons are both part of the same division.