Philadelphia EaglesThe Philadelphia Eagles have been landing a wide receiver in a majority of mock drafts, but after moving from No. 6 to No. 12 it seems the focus is shifting to defense.

In the most recent mock draft by Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus’, released Monday, Philadelphia lands South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn to play opposite Darius Slay.

Beyond Darius Slay, the Eagles are very thin at the cornerback position. Avonte Maddox currently projects to be their No. 2 option outside, but he’s coming off a 2020 season in which he earned a 37.8 overall grade in that role.

Horn pairs high-end athleticism with a physical, in-your-face mentality that you love to see at the cornerback position. No game showcased that better than his 2020 matchup with Auburn and Seth Williams, where Horn came away with two interceptions and five pass breakups on 10 targets.

The 6-foot, 205-pound cornerback opted out midway through the 2020 season, but still cemented himself as a first-round pick with two interceptions and six pass breakups in 2020.

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Horn helped his stock at South Carolina pro day last month, running a 4.39 40-yard dash and if his last name sounds familiar, that's because he has NFL bloodlines, his father is former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn.

The addition of Horn would provide a huge life to a secondary that has struggled with consistency, injuries' and performance since their Super Bowl season.

The team trotted out the under-sized Avonte Maddox on the outside, opposite Slay last season and he did not have a good season.  The team took multiple picks in the 2016 draft to try and fill the void, with Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas, both are no longer with the team. Jalen Mills left the team in free agency, signing with the Patriots, meaning corner is one of the biggest holes to fill this offseason.

Horn is the second cornerback off the board in Linsey’s mock draft with Patrick Surtain II selected at No. 9.

As for the rest of the NFC East, the New York Giants get some offensive line help with Northwestern's Rashawn Slater, Dallas moves back to No. 15 and still gets a position of need with Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley and Washington gets a wide receiver with Minnesota's Rashod Bateman.

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