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Derek Rivers (born May 9, 1994) is an American football defensive end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Youngstown State.[1][2]

Derek Rivers
No. 95 – New England Patriots
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1994-05-09) May 9, 1994 (age 24)
Augusta, Maine
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Kinston
(Kinston, North Carolina)
College:Youngstown State
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:2
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Born in Augusta, Maine, Rivers and his family moved to North Carolina when he was five months old.[3] Rivers later attended Kinston High School in Kinston. After high school, he attended Fork Union Military Academy for a year.[4]

College careerEdit

Rivers played at Youngstown State from 2013 to 2016. During his career he had a school record 41 career sacks, including 14 as a senior. He accumulated 56.5 tackles for loss, 47 QB hurries and 119 solo tackles in his college career at Youngstown State. As a Senior, Rivers lead one of the top statistically rated defenses in the FCS to the National Championship where they would lose to James Madison University 24-14. Rivers was a three time 1st Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference performer as well as a two time FCS All-American. Rivers finished his career #5 All-Time in FCS history in career sacks.[5][6][7]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
248 lb
(112 kg)
32 34 in
(0.83 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.61 s 4.40 s 6.94 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine[8]

Rivers was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round, 83rd overall, in the 2017 NFL Draft.[9] During training camp, Rivers suffered a torn ACL and was ruled out for the season.[10] He was officially placed on injured reserve on September 2, 2017.[11]Rivers made his NFL debut in Week 3 of the 2018 season, against the Detroit Lions. In week 17 he recorded his first career sack when he took down Sam Darnold.[12] Rivers helped the Patriots reach Super Bowl LIII, although he was inactive, and the team defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.[13]


  1. ^ Cox, Zack (April 28, 2017). "Patriots Pick Defensive End Derek Rivers With 83rd Selection In 2017 NFL Draft". NESN. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Inside the Patriots Draft Room: Round 3". New England Patriots. April 28, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Patriots' top draft pick has family ties to Maine". Portland Press Herald. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  4. ^ YSU sophomore DE fulfills father’s football promise
  5. ^ Falcons make Youngstown State's Derek Rivers feel at home in workout
  6. ^ YSU standout Derek Rivers impresses at NFL Combine
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  8. ^ "Combine Player Profiles – Derek Rivers". National Football League. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Patriots finally make a pick with Derek Rivers at No. 83". Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Reiss, Mike (August 18, 2017). "Patriots fear DE Derek Rivers lost for season with torn ACL, sprained LCL". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Patriots reach 53-man limit". September 2, 2017.
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