Henry Melton is entering his first season with the Dallas Cowboys after spending the past four years as defensive tackle with the Chicago Bears. The team is counting on Melton, their prized pickup in free agency, to contribute immediately and return to his 2012 Pro Bowl form. Melton, a speedy defensive tackle, is coming off an injury-plagued 2013 after tearing his ACL and playing in only three games.
Early Years & College
Melton was born in Desoto, Texas, on Oct. 11, 1986. He attended Grapevine High where he starred at running back, amassing more than 2,400 yards and being named All-USA by USA Today. After graduating, Melton went to the University of Texas where he started his career as a backup running back before switching over to defensive tackle in his junior year. He cracked the Longhorns’ starting lineup his senior year, accumulating 29 tackles (10 for loss) and four sacks.
The Bears selected Melton in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL draft (105th overall). Melton recorded 2.5 sacks in limited action during his rookie campaign before breaking out with seven sacks as a full-time starter in 2011. In 2012, Melton continued to raise eyebrows across the league as he tallied six sacks, including a two-sack performance in Week 1, and qualified for his first Pro Bowl.
On March 18, 2014, Melton inked a one-year deal with the Cowboys. He’s expected to start at defensive tackle and anchor a depleted-yet-improving defensive line.
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