2018 NFL Draft

Wes Horton, DE

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Chatsworth, CA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 264 lbs.
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10/04/2012 - DE Wes Horton, who missed the Stanford game with an undisclosed injury, returned vs. Cal on Sept. 22, although he wasn't 100 percent. Coach Lane Kiffin said, "We'll shut him down for a little bit (during the bye week) and really get him right for the next game." - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - Starting DE Wes Horton did not play vs. Hawaii because of an undisclosed injury. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2012 - DE Wes Horton did not play vs. Hawaii because of an undisclosed injury.

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: WES HORTON, USC, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. - Ted Hendricks Foundation

07/26/2012 - Top-five USC prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. DE Wes Horton...Possessing a long, lanky frame reminiscent of an "American Gladiator" (like his father, Myke, who starred as "Gemini" on the hit TV show), Horton has long intrigued talent evaluators with his upside. Entering his redshirt senior season, Horton could be on the verge of the breakout campaign that has seen Clay Matthews, Jr. and Nick Perry before him catapult into the first round. Flashing promise throughout his career, the long-armed Horton has started 22 games over the past three seasons but hasn't been able to string together a dominant campaign. He enjoyed his most successful season to date as a sophomore in 2010, registering 29 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and four sacks while playing in just 10 games due to a back bruise. His numbers were slightly lower in 2011 (22 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, four sacks) despite the fact that he played in all 12 games. Horton looks the part of a future high round pick on the hoof. He sports a long, well-proportioned frame with good musculature. Too often, however, he's a step slow off the snap and recognizing the play, resulting in missed opportunities. If the Trojans are going to win the conference and compete for a national championship in 2012-13, they'll need to replace the production lost with Perry moving on to the Green Bay Packers. Horton will need to show greater recognition and flexibility to put USC over the top but the rewards are there should he be able to do so. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Wes Horton, DE, USC, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston

05/02/2012 - One position that is definitely valued as being worthy of a first-round selection is a defensive end, or designated pass rusher. Six of those players went in the first round this year, and that is good news for Horton and Kennard. While it's doubtful that either player will show up on early first-round projections, Nick Perry wasn't projected as a first-round pick at this time last year either. It's certainly possible that both Horton and Kennard to push double-digit sacks this season, and that kind of production would open up the eyes of the scouts. It also helps to see the success of so many USC defensive linemen in the NFL recently, as it gives the scouts an increased comfort level on future players from the school. - Garry Paskwietz, ESPN