Derek Newton to Houston Texans: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Michael PintoSenior Writer IApril 30, 2011

Derek Newton was one of the few bright spots for Arkansas State in 2010 as the offensive tackle earned first team All-Sun Belt honors for the 4-8 Red Wolves. 

At 6'5" and 311 lbs, Newton has great size and athleticism, but he doesn't have the explosiveness you look for in offensive linemen and that raises concerns over his ability to handle speed-rushers at the next level. 

A versatile lineman who can play inside or out, Newton has displayed good footwork and a nice burst off the ball, but will need to work on his leverage and overall strength if he's going to pan out. 

Houston will likely plug him in at both guard spots and see if and where he sticks.

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