11. New York Giants: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
The second edge rusher off the board, the New York Giants take the highly athletic Kwity Paye. After a great 2020 season, despite fighting through injuries, Paye has skyrocketed near the top of the class. The Giants are in desperate need of a new pass rusher as their top one is Oshane Ximines, a third round pick from the 2019 NFL Draft.
Markus Golden was traded back to the Arizona Cardinals at the deadline, leaving a massive need for pressure off the edge in the Big Apple. Paye and the Giants are a great fit, and they do not hesitate to get their guy here.
12. San Francisco 49ers: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The second cornerback comes off the board in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft as the San Francisco 49ers come one the clock with the 12th pick. With the Richard Sherman era coming to an end, and with Ahkello Witherspoon, Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley also in need of a new contract, the 49ers must prioritize upgrading their secondary this offseason.
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With the 12th overall pick here, the Niners land the scrappy and physical South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn. Joe Marino of The Draft Network gives his take on Horn:
“Long and stocky frame that is built for battling x-receivers. Good press coverage skills and technique. Willing to crowd receivers at the release and use his hands to re-route them. Has plenty of play strength and pop in his strikes to stun receivers. Has success in zone coverage, staying leveraged, cueing the backfield and working into throwing windows. Physical and aggressive in coverage. Does well to use his size and pin routes to the sideline.”
He is the son of a former NFL wide receiver, so he has NFL in his DNA, and he has the play on the field to backup his high level of competitiveness. From South Carolina to San Francisco, the Niners land Horn here.