5 prospects the Vikings could reach for with their 2021 first-round pick

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Jaycee Horn – CB (South Carolina)

This is nothing against Jaycee Horn as he’s proven to be a very good player and is expected to go somewhere in the top twenty picks. The reason he’s a reach for the Vikings is that cornerback is not one of the team’s top needs, and the head coach could be lobbying for this guy because he fits what he’s looking for in a cornerback.

Horn is 6’1 2-5 pounds with a nice long frame. He is solid in coverage and having grown up around football all his life, being the son of former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn, has a vast understanding of the game of football. This shows in his quick ability to read routes and anticipate where the quarterback is going to go with the football.

Horn is also a willing tackler which Mike Zimmer loves and has good ball skills having broken up 23 passes in his Gamecock career. This would be a reach because Zimmer could choose him because of his scheme fit, over a player like Greg Rousseau or Kwity Paye who fills a more pressing need for the team. Adding another young corner isn’t going to help the Vikings if they can’t get pressure up front, and quarterbacks have all day to find their receivers.