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5 Things to Know About Henry Melton

Get to know the Buccaneers newly-signed defensive tackle.


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1. He's a freak athlete.
Up until his junior year at the University of Texas, Melton was a running back. He earned 16 touchdowns and 625 yards on 132 carries in his first two seasons. He ran for 10 touchdowns in his first season, the third-most of any freshman runner in Texas history. In 2012, with starter Matt Forte still unsigned, the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder practiced at running back during the Bears' organized team activities (READ MORE).

2. He's not the first in his family to play in the NFL.
Melton's uncle, Ray Crockett, played for 14 years in the NFL, from 1989 to 2002, with the Lions, Chiefs and Broncos. Crockett played cornerback and won two Super Bowls with Denver.

3. He is a productive pass-rusher.
In 2014, according to Pro Football Focus, Melton was the the No. 8 defensive tackle in the league in terms of pass-rush productivity. Gerald McCoy was No. 3.


Photos of new Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Henry Melton from his time with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears (AP Photos).

  1. He had a remarkable pro day.**
    Melton ran a 4.64 40-yard dash and recorded a 34.5-inch vertical jump at his pro day before entering the NFL Draft.

5. He's involved in the community.
Melton participated in several community outreach programs while with the Bears and was involved with the Dallas U High School Camp when he joined the Cowboys.> READ: BUCCANEERS SIGN HENRY MELTON

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