Henry Melton is a defensive end for the Chicago Bears, who selected him with the 105th pick in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Melton played four seasons at the University of Texas, where he also played running back. Melton is 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighs 268 pounds.
Melton was a four-year letterman at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, TX. He rushed for more than 800 yards as a senior while also playing on the defensive line. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 21 defensive end recruit in the Class of 2005, but Melton chose to commit to Texas, where he could continue to play running back.
As a freshman, Melton played in all 13 games for Texas's national championship team, rushing for 432 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was one of four players to rush for double-digit touchdowns for Texas that season, and was just the third running back in school history to reach that mark as a freshman. He had 13 rushes for 34 yards and two touchdowns in the Big 12 Championship Game against Colorado, but did not touch the ball in the Rose Bowl against USC.
Melton continued to see some action at running back in 2006, but also began his transition to the defensive line. He finished the season with 193 rushing yards and six touchdowns while also playing on defense and special teams.
Melton was moved to the defensive side full-time in spring practice in 2007. In June of that year, he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Melton was sentenced to community service and suspended for the first three games of the 2007 season. He returned to the lineup and finished the season with 11 total tackles in limited action.
As a senior, Melton started 10 of the 13 games he played, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors. He set a career-high with 29 total tackles, 10 of which went for loss. His four sacks ranked fourth on the team. He capped off his career by recording a pair of tackles for loss in Texas's 24-21 win over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Melton was selected in the fourth round (105th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Before the 2009 season, Melton signed a 4-year/$2.261M contract with Chicago.
On Sept. 5, 2009, Melton was placed on injured reserve.
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