Derek Newton

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Derek Newton
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Newton in the 2014 NFL preseason.
No. 72 Houston Texans
Position: Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-16) November 16, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Utica, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 313 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school: Utica (MS) Hinds Co. Agricultural
College: Arkansas State
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 214
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First Team All-Sun Belt (2010)
  • Second Team All-Sun Belt (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Games played: 60
Games started: 46
Stats at

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.

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]

2011 NFL Draft[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.

Houston Texans[edit]

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]


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