CHARLOTTE, NC – Joe Horn was disappointed Friday morning, not as a former Pro Bowl wide receiver, which was once fined for hiding a cell phone in a door-pillar mat. But as the parent of one of the 32 players selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.
Horn wanted the world to see his son’s joy, corner corner JC Horner from South Carolina, experienced when the Carolina Panthers took the eighth choice to make him a defensive player. The first one picked on Thursday night.
But he watched live broadcasts and other channels focused on defender Aaron Rodgers wanting to leave Green Bay and five of the defenders chosen in the top 15.
“Let me say this, I’m a huge Aaron Rodgers fan,”; Horn told ESPN. “But last night when I saw that he was unhappy with Green Bay … when I didn’t see anything. So there was a talk about my son. It made me sad and I was disappointed.
“Waking up this morning, I was expecting everyone to say that. ‘Look, nobody thought that Jay Zehorn would go up in the top 10, no one expected him to be the first defensive player off the board.’ I thought it would get more attention and none of it. Very disappointing as a father. ”
Horn was initially devastated that he called Rodgers “ selfish ” for saying he didn’t want to return to Green Bay on draft day. But after learning that Rodgers was just the subject of a story destroyed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and did nothing publicly to destroy the night of draft pick, he admitted. “ I jumped the gun ”
Disappointment persisted for Horn, however, as his son and the rest of the first-round selection were not celebrated the way he felt fit.
Horn laughed, adding that Jaycee never even realized he was upset.
“I never let my emotions take over my mind. But later this morning, my daddy’s instinct for love has come out of me, ” Horn said on the phone as he drove to Charlotte to see his son formally introduce. ‘I am so happy that he is happy with the Panthers.’ ‘
Jaycee was picked up on one option forward of Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II, another second-generation NFL player, as they rocked the first round by ending the offensive line-up.Surtain is the son of Patrick Surtain Sr. who was elected. It will be three Pro Bowls to be the corners of the Miami Dolphins.
The New Orleans Saints attempted to trade from the 28th pick for one of the top two corners. But unable to make a deal Dallas traded two out of 10 points as Horn and Sirten ahead of them.
That didn’t get much attention on Thursday night.
“I understand that they don’t have [Jaycee] Drafted first [among defensive players]Horn said of how the draft was against several analysts who said the top nine players it would be guilty of. “I understand it makes them look bad. But it’s disappointing. ”
Horn didn’t speak as a flamboyant NFL player who, in the 2003 prime time game against New Orleans, celebrated a touchdown with a flip phone call he hid. Before the game He is speaking as a father who wants to see his son get the same coverage as Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is ranked No. 1 to Jacksonville.
“Jay Z hasn’t said a word yet, ‘said Horn.“ He’s just as happy to be served in the military. But I sat back and listened to all the different opinions, and now they are not being talked about because their choice was wrong.
“I’m saying they didn’t even show him to celebrate.”
Some analysts said the Panthers should have an 8th defender to compete with Sam Darnold, the third choice of the 2018 draft newly acquired in trade with the New York Jets.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Alabama QB Mac Jones remain on the board at No. 8, but the Panthers went with Horn as he fills his demand as a cover-up. That would allow defense coordinator Phil Snow to play more man-to-man during a crisis.
Jaycee learned from a father who played with the same edge that the Panthers saw in son was also a factor.
“ He is a rare physical example and also has a very rare pedigree, ” said Panthers coach Matt Rule.
Horn was skeptical that it was a very coincidence that his son and Surten were taken away. He said the pair saw blueprints for the success of the NFL.
The second-generation third is expected to enter the second or third round tonight in Florida State Asante Samuel Jr. four-time Pro Bowl corner and two-time Super Bowl champion.
“You have to understand, when you raise a son, and that son knows you’re a good player in the NFL, the son always wants to beat their father,” Horn said. One of their minds and bodies. ”
On the other hand, the former NFL player thinks like his father on the other hand.
“It’s hard to sit back,” Horn said. “Everyone has their own opinion. But I would like to reply because I know what I have raised.
“ Last night was Jay Z’s night. ”