Justin Horton recently took part in Jacksonville proday. He ran a 4.59/40. 7.09 (3 cone drill) and 4.43 in short shuttle. Justin took the time to speak with draft recon for an interview.
Scott Porter: Who is Justin Horton?
Justin Horton: Justin Horton is an outside linebacker from Clermont, Florida. I went to Jacksonville University. I was recruited as an outside linebacker, played defensive end. I can play both positon. I have gone back and forth between both positions. I am a person who has fallen in love with the process. I have built up a few characterizes through football. I love to go to work and learn new things about football and improve my game. I love to compete and the process of getting better.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football strengths?
Justin Horton: I am very stout in the run game. I take pride in offensive linemen failing to move me off the ball. I shed blocks and make a lot of plays. I love to pass rush. I love one on one matchups and playing mind games with the offense.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Justin Horton?
Justin Horton: I am a guy who loves the process so I come in and I am looking to help out in anyway, and learn however they want to teach me. I am willing to play special teams. I want to learn my role and attack it full force. I compete every day.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Justin Horton: I am looking forward to competing with the best of the best. If I am blessed enough to have the opportunity to try and make a team I am going to enjoy it. I want to put my talents against the top players in the world. I am looking forward to proving myself at the highest level.
Scott Porter: Is there a particular scheme you feel you fit into?
Justin Horton: I feel I fit well in a 3-4 or 4-3. I played a lot of defensive end throughout my career. Now I am making that transition to a 4-3 outside linebacker, of course I would love to play in a 3-4 as well. I have the pass rush skills to line up in a 3-4. I think I would be comfortable in either one. I am being trained to be a SAM or a WILL, but I have versatility and think I would excel in either scheme.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football accomplishments?
Justin Horton: I would say being voted team captain last year as a Senior. That was an honor. My teammates and coaches voted me team captain. They said it was due to my work ethic, my leadership skills and how much I cared about the team. It meant a lot to me to be voted team captain because I put so much time and effort into the game for myself and helping my teammates. It was a positive uplifting year going into a transition year for the program.
Scott Porter: Why should someone give Justin Horton an opportunity in the NFL?
Justin Horton: I am going to come in shape. I am going to be well prepared. I am going to put a lot of time into the game. I am looking forward to learning my coaching staff and what is expected out of me, where they want to play me, my role and take off with it. I am willing to stand out on special teams. Whatever helps a team win I am willing to work hard to play my part. As a linebacker learning how to get in my pass drops, run support, all those details I am willing to work hard at. I will compete day in and day out and give 100% on every play. I am going to attack this opportunity at full force.
Scott Porter: What is the biggest challenge you have faced with football and how did you overcome that challenge?
Justin Horton: My sophomore season I tore my ACL the end of the year. That was my first significant injury as a football player. I was a bit distraught. I didn’t know what it all involved. I didn’t know what the rehab was going to be like. Going through that injury changed a lot of things for me. It changed my perspective. Even though I didn’t know the challenges ahead I had faith in god. I put my head down and went to work. I didn’t know what the outcome was going to be but I knew I was going to be ok. I ran a 4.5/40 before my injury and while I was going through rehab I had a lot of people tell me I was going to be running a 4.7 now and all these negative results they’ve seen after injuries. That stuck with me as I rehabbed. That motivated me to work hard to get back to where I wanted to be. I worked harder than I ever worked before and came out way above where I was before the injury. I learned so much about myself during the rehab process.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing on draft day?
Justin Horton: I’ll be watching. I know it is a long process. A lot of these guys I have studied so it will be fun to see where they go. I’ll be watching it with my family and try to relax and not be stressed out about it.