question that plagues the scouts whenever Don Horn is mentioned is
whether he was overrated when he was first drafted or whether there is
another reason he has not been able to progress.
As a matter of fact, the scouts' rating would indicate that instead of
progressing Horn may have regressed.
Now 26 and with five pro seasons behind him, Horn was acquired by Denver
from the Green Bay Packers, who gave up on him as the successor to Bart
Starr despite the fact they had thought highly enough of him originally
to make him a No. 1 draft choice out of San Diego State.
The Packers' estimate of Horn's ability when they traded him was obvious
from the fact that they asked in return only a reserve defensive end.
And the scouts' appraisal reaffirms their judgment, Horn failing to get
more than an average grade in any of the five departments.
Horn, however, did receive some threes in set-up speed and throwing
ability, indicating in the scouts' evaluation that he has not been able
to embellish his natural tools in the five years he has been wearing an
There are, of course, examples of quarterbacks who have matured later in
their NFL careers than Horn. But if there isn't a turnabout soon Horn
will join a host of others who, despite good credentials, never made it.