Derek Newton

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Derek Newton
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Newton in 2014
No. 72 Houston Texans
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-16) November 16, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Utica, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school: Utica (MS) Hinds Co. Agricultural
College: Arkansas State
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 214
Career history
Roster status: Reserve/PUP
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Sun Belt (2010)
  • Second-team All-Sun Belt (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Games played: 76
Games started: 62
Player stats at

Derek Newton (born November 16, 1987) is an American football offensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). 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.

Early years[edit]

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 and Despite drawing some interest from North Texas and Troy, he decided to attend Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi (2006–2007).

College career[edit]

A two-star recruit coming out of junior college,[1] 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.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 34 in 311 lb 5.00 s 1.72 s 2.87 s 5.00 s 7.76 s 25 12 in 8 ft 4 in 24 reps
All values from 2011 NFL Combine[2]

Projected as a fifth-round selection, Newton was ranked as the No. 16 offensive tackle available in the 2011 NFL Draft.[3] Sports Illustrated described him as "a solid athlete and a terrific developmental prospect who could eventually break into a starting lineup".[4] 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.[5]

After starting every game of the 2012 season, Newton injured his right knee during the Texans' win over the Detroit Lions on November 22. He was replaced in the starting line-up by Ryan Harris.[6]

On March 7, 2015, Newton re-signed with the Texans to a five-year, $26.5 million contract.[7]

On October 24, 2016, Newton went down with an injury in a Week 7 game against the Denver Broncos and was carted off the field with air casts attached to both legs. It was eventually revealed that both patellar tendons were torn, effectively ending his 2016 season.[8][9]

On May 12, 2017, Newton was placed on Reserve/PUP as a result of his knee injuries suffered in 2016.[10]


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