The Las Vegas Raiders trade No. 17 overall to the Browns for No. 26 overall, No. 89 overall (third round) and No. 132 overall (fourth round). With the acquired pick, the Browns select South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn.
The aggressive move up gives the Browns an instant starter at outside cornerback with an All-Pro talent ceiling. Horn, the son of former NFL wideout Joe Horn, is a big, physical corner with an excellent sense of timing and route anticipation. He can play press man or zone, and his length and quick reactions make him a real threat in either scheme. He needs a little technical refinement in his backpedal and his tendency to grab receivers who break inside, but this is a top-shelf cornerback prospect worthy of a top 20 pick.
Injecting Horn into the lineup opposite Denzel Ward at outside corner allows the Browns to keep newcomer Troy Hill in the slot where he’s at his best. It takes away the reliance on a full recovery from third-year corner Greedy Williams with his nerve issue in his shoulder that forced him to miss the entire 2020 season. Horn is a tone-setter with attitude and infectious confidence.