2017 NFL Draft Profile: D’Onta Foreman
By Samuel Sutton
This is the 2017 NFL Draft profile on Texas Longhorns running back D’Onta Foreman. Here are his strengths, weaknesses, and a draft day prediction.
Texas running back D’Onta Foreman emerged as a star for the Longhorns during the 2015 season, but 2016 is where he really shined. With 2,028 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, Foreman became a bright light in the team’s dark season. He’s undoubtedly a running back that should find a home early on in the 2017 NFL Draft.
While Foreman had a few 200+ yard games, his best game came in Week 8 against Texas Tech. The Texas star rushed for 341 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries. The Longhorns won that game by a score of 45-37. This may have been the game that made Foreman think, “I could do this on NFL Sundays.”
Feeling like the Longhorns were headed in the right direction, Foreman thought about staying his senior year. However, when the school fired head coach Charlie Strong, Foreman made an emotional decision to enter this year’s draft.
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There are some teams who have kept a close eye on Foreman, and this profile will explain why. It will also show his weaknesses, a highlight reel, and a prediction of what round he might end up being taken.
One of the best things about Foreman’s game is that he’s patient, and he sees the field really well. He is also very elusive and powerful.
Throughout 2016, he made it look easy by running through defenders, as his yards per carry was 6.3. Another strength was his toughness. Foreman had a total of 323 carries last season and never caved. If he can do that in the NFL, he will be a real tool for any team who picks him.
Two main problems for Foreman are his speed and his weight – they kind of go hand-in-hand. Foreman played last season at 245 pounds, and that affected his speed. He said he wants to improve his speed, and he did drop down to 233 pounds, which is good.
If he does improve this, then he could be the best running back taken in this draft. He’s already got the power and elusiveness, and if he improves his speed, then he could be almost unstoppable.
DRAFT DAY PREDICTION
Considering he didn’t compete much in the 2017 NFL Combine, he will probably fall. He is an NFL-type running back, but since there’s little-to-no combine profile, he will probably go in the mid-to-late second round.