Derrick Harvey
Harvey in 2011
No. 91, 95     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-09) November 9, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Greenbelt, Maryland
Career information
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2008 2010)
Career highlights and awards
* SEC Champion (2006)
Total tackles     92
Sacks     8.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     2
Interceptions     1
Stats at
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Derrick Harvey (born November 9, 1986) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of a BCS National Championship team. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, and also played for the Denver Broncos.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Harvey was born in Greenbelt, Maryland in 1986.[1] He attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland,[2] only starting his high school football career as a junior for the Roosevelt Raiders.[3] As a senior, he recorded over 150 tackles and 31 sacks, a Maryland state record, as well as five forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and five batted down passes. He led his team to a 12-1 record and the Maryland Class 4A state semi-finals, where they lost their only game of the season. He received first-team all-state honors by the Associated Press, and was the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year.[3]

Harvey was a high school first-team All-America selection by Parade magazine, Tom Lemming, EA Sports, Riddell and SuperPrep, and a second-team All-America selection by USA Today.[3] A five-star recruit, he eventually committed to Florida, after also considering Ohio State, Maryland and Tennessee.[3]

College career[edit | edit source]

Harvey accepted an athletic scholarship to enroll at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida,[3] where he played for coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2005 to 2007.[4] As a true freshman in 2004, he was redshirted by the coaching staff and bulked up to 230 pounds.[3] He saw limited action in nine games in 2005, playing behind starters Ray McDonald and Jarvis Moss at both defensive end positions, and compiled six tackles (four solo) with a six-yard quarterback sack and a pass deflection.[3]

As a sophomore in 2006, Harvey shared left defensive end duties with senior Ray McDonald, and started five games when McDonald was sidelined with an injury.[3] He recorded thirty-five tackles (twenty-four solo) and led the team with 11 sacks (fifth-best season total in Gators' history), and recovered three fumbles and caused another.[3] He was recognized as a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, in addition to receiving most valuable player accolades for his performance in the Gators' 41–14 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game.[3]

As a junior team captain in 2007, Harvey earned second-team All-SEC.[4] He started all thirteen games at left end, posting forty-nine tackles (thirty-one solo), including 8.5 sacks and seventeen tackles for a loss (tenth best on the Gators' single-season records list).[3][4] After the Gators played in the Capital One Bowl, Harvey announced he would enter the NFL Draft.

In his three seasons as a Gator, Harvey played in thirty-six games and started eighteen.[3] He closed his college career with 20.5 quarterback sacks (ninth on the Gators' career record list), and 51.5 tackles for a loss (third on the Gators' career record list).[4] He also compiled ninety tackles (fifty-nine solo), caused two fumbles and recovered three, and deflected six passes.[3]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

2008 NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Prior to the NFL Combine, Harvey had run the 40-yard dash in times from 4.67-4.78 at a weight of 252 pounds.[5] He drew comparisons to Bryan Thomas.[6]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4⅝ in 271 lb 4.84 s 1.59 s 2.76 s 4.36 s 7.27 s 28.5 in 9 ft 5 in 31 rep x

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

Harvey was drafted 8th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was the first defensive end chosen by the Jaguars in the first round in franchise history, and was the third of four defensive ends chosen in the first round of 2008 draft. Harvey was the last 2008 first-round draft pick to sign a contract. On August 27, 2008, he signed a 5-year, $23.8 million contract with the Jaguars.[7] The contract contained $17.175 million in guaranteed money and could have reached $33.4 million, had all the incentives and escalators been met. Harvey set the Jaguars' record for longest rookie holdout, totaling 38 days.[8] It was formerly held by Byron Leftwich, whose holdout lasted 19 days.[9] He was waived on July 29, 2011.[10]

Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

On August 1, 2011, Harvey signed with the Denver Broncos. He had no sacks and two tackles during the 2011 season, and the Broncos did not re-sign him.[11]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

On March 23, 2012, Harvey Signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.[12] On August 5, 2012, Harvey was released by the Bengals.[13]

NFL statistics[edit | edit source]

Year Team Games Tackles Solo Assists QB Sacks Fumbles Rec'd Interceptions Passes Def'd
2008 JAX 16 19 15 4 3.5 0 1 2
2009 JAX 16 57 44 13 2.0 1 0 2
2010 JAX 15 12 11 1 2.5 0 0 1
2011 DEN 5 4 2 2 0.0 1 0 0
Career 52 92 72 20 8.0 2 1 5


See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1., Players, Derrick Harvey. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  2., Players, Derrick Harvey Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12, Football History, 2007 Roster, Derrick Harvey Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 97, 125, 153–154, 173, 182 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  5. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.
  6. "Pro Football War Room: Derrick Harvey Profile". Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  7. "Harvey Agrees To Sign 5-Year, $23 Million Deal". August 27, 2008. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  9. Stellino, Vito (August 27, 2008). "Jaguar rookie Harvey's holdout over". Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
  10. Glazer, Jay (July 29, 2011). "Jay Glazer's Twitter account". Twitter. Retrieved July 29, 2011. "Wow, Jaguars run out of patience for former recent first-round pick Derrick Harvey, releasing him today."
  12. Bengals re-sign Collins, add Harvey
  14. "Derrick Harvey Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved March 6, 2014.

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.

External links[edit | edit source]

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