Newton in the 2014 NFL preseason.
|No. 72 Houston Texans|
|Date of birth:||November 16, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Utica, Mississippi|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||313 lb (142 kg)|
|High school:||Utica (MS) Hinds Co. Agricultural|
|NFL draft:||2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 214|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2014|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Derek Newton (born November 16, 1987) is an American football offensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Texans in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arkansas State, and Hinds Community College before that.
A native of Utica, Mississippi, Newton attended Hinds County Agricultural High School, where he was an All-Metro and All-District lineman as a senior, after playing only two years of high school football. He helped the team to a 10–0 regular-season record during senior season. However, Newton went unregarded by national recruiting services like Rivals.com and Scout.com. Despite drawing some interest from North Texas and Troy, he decided to attend Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi (2006–2007).
A two-star recruit coming out of junior college, Newton went on to Arkansas State, where he redshirted in 2008. He became a starter in 2009, earning Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. In 2010, he earned First Team honors.
2011 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 4 3⁄4 in||311 lb||5.00 s||1.72 s||2.87 s||5.00 s||7.76 s||25 1⁄2 in||8 ft 4 in||24 reps|
|All values from 2011 NFL Combine|
Projected as a fifth-round selection, Newton was ranked as the No. 16 offensive tackle available in the 2011 NFL Draft. Sports Illustrated described him as "a solid athlete and a terrific developmental prospect who could eventually break into a starting lineup". Newton was eventually selected 214th overall by the Houston Texans. He was the first offensive lineman to be drafted out of Arkansas State since Ray Brown in 1986.
During his rookie season, Newton appeared in 14 games as a backup to veteran right tackle Eric Winston. After Winston was cut following the 2011 NFL season, Newton competed with veteran Rashad Butler for the starting right tackle spot, eventually winning out.
On March 7, 2015, Newton re-signed with the Texans to a five-year, $26.5 million contract.
- Derek Newton is the new right tackle in Houston
- Texans coach Kubiak concerned as injuries mount
- Patra, Kevin (March 7, 2015). "Derek Newton, Texans agree on five-year, $26.5M deal". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-03-07.