Horn, a 6-foot-5 linebacker from Alpharetta, Georgia, is considered a first-round pick and has an unofficial time of 4.37 seconds for the 40-yard dash.
I feel like I’m the best defensive player in the draft, Horn said Tuesday.
He’s expected to become one of the first cornerbacks selected, and he didn’t do much to change that image when he was on the job Wednesday.
Horn, son of former New Orleans and Atlanta receiver Joe Horn, said he went up against some of the best receivers in the Southeastern Conference and came out on top. I am versatile, I have size, speed and athletic ability, said the young Rogue.
He showed that speed with his unofficial 40-man time, which would be the third-fastest among defensive backs at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.
Rogue finished the 2020 season with 16 tackles and led the Gamecocks with eight passes deflected and six passes broken up. His two interceptions last season came in a 30-22 victory over Auburn, the Gamecocks’ first win over the Tigers since 1933.
This year, the NFL canceled the event because of the coronavirus and instead held sessions on campuses across the country. South Carolina had five invited participants, led by Horn.
The biggest questions Horn is asked in conversations with NFL teams relate to his actions last fall, when he refused to play South Carolina’s final three games after firing Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp.
Horn received comments on social media when he let his teammates down. It was a family affair, Horn told me this week. He said his grandparents and several relatives in Mississippi contracted COVID-19, and his aunt is dying from the virus.
Horn felt like he belonged to his family before he started preparing for the NFL Draft.
I can tell you right now that if I could go back, I would do it again. I put my family above everything, he said. I feel like my teammates and coaches know how much I love football, but I put my family before the game.
Mr. Horn admitted that he was troubled that outsiders were questioning his honesty. But I fought back, and now I’m in a better place, he said.
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicted the Hornets would finish 16th. Last year’s first pick from Arizona.
Horn wasn’t the only player to leave after Muschamp’s dismissal, a group that included 6-3 cornerback Israel Mukuamu, who was also sworn off to the NFL and practiced Wednesday.
Mukuamu said a groin injury in last year’s season opener limited his effectiveness, and when he aggravated it after the loss against Ole Miss – the night before Muschamp was fired – it counted as a season opener, and he went to the next level. Mukuamu is expected to be in the fourth round next month.
Mukuamu, who threw three interceptions in South Carolina’s 2019 win over No. 1. 3 Georgia, will probably fit better in the rotation, but he’ll do what he wants at the next level.
I’m just trying to get through the door, he said. The guys who are versatile stay longer, and that’s what I want to do.
Horn believes his skills could make him a fixture in any defensive backfield in the NFL. First round, second round or not, if I’m on the field, I’ll show it, he said.