Dec. 31, 2012; El Paso, TX, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Orwin Smith (17) is tackled by Southern California Trojans defensive end Wes Horton (96) during the second half during the Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. The Yellow jackets beat the Trojans 21-7. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

USC 2012 Evaluations: DE Wes Horton

 

Stats: 12 games played, 43 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (37 yards), 5.5 sacks, 2 passes broken up

What Stood Out: Horton once again showed flashes of brilliance, but that’s really all that happened. He’s got some rough edges, but he is a physical talent. There are a growing number of people who feel Horton would be a great fit as an OLB in a 3-4 scheme. The potentially is certainly there for him to excel at the next level, but it’s going to take the right coach to tap the potential Horton possesses. While he never realized said potential at USC, there are some at the NFL level who feel like he’s could be a grab if the price were right.

What Needed Work: Unfortunately, what stood out the most for Horton in 2012 was the culmination of a disappointing career. Horton had admirable stats, but he never quite was able to string it together for the Trojans. Between the injuries and inconsistent play, Horton was one of those guys that just never fully prospered. He has great physical tools and hopefully it all comes together for him.

Final Word: Early reports indicate that Horton is drastically improving his stock as he prepares for the NFL Draft. Though currently listed as a 7th round pick by CBS & NFLDraftScout, Horton will be working to get taken much higher than that. Inconsistency is the word used most often to describe Horton. A tremendous talent, you hope that Horton is able to piece it all together. He’s far from being considered out for the count.

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