Photo of Chris Horton
  • 6'1" Height
  • 212LBS. Weight


Horton's 2005 wrist injury will scare some off, but if the injury checks out medically, he is a intriguing player. Physical and instinctive, Horton quietly developed into one of the Pac-10's better overall defensive backs in 2006 and seems poised for bigger things as a senior.



Positives: Well-built athlete with prototype size for the position. ... Reliable open-field tackler who has developed into one of the fiercest hitters in the country. ... Good, albeit not great speed in coverage, but closes well and has good instincts. ... Aggressive in run support and actively engages blockers on his way to the ballcarrier. ... Physical and loves to play the game. ... Despite developing into a second team Pac-10 performer last season, Horton still volunteered for special team coverage units. Negatives: Wrist injury in 2005 was considered career-threatening, and though he has successfully returned to the field, the range of motion in his right wrist has been severely hampered. ... Lacks great speed in coverage. ... Considered by some to be a better football player than athlete, so he may lack great upside.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.