The past handful of seasons haven’t been pretty for the Texas Longhorns, but the bright spot of their 2016 campaign was the play of their breakout tailback, D’Onta Foreman. The junior led the nation in rushing, finishing with over 2,000 yards and finished as a finalist for the Doak Walker award. Following the firing of Charlie Strong, he elected to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft and is among the premier RBs in this year’s class.
Name: D’Onta Foreman
Draft Grade: 2nd Round
Positives: A powerful man with above-average height and a thick frame. Big hips, backside and calves. Body is well-proportioned. Runs steady, predictably, and controlled. Upper and lower body work together and has solid contact balance. Engine heats up quickly and has the speed to hit uninterrupted home-runs. Turns his hips well and keeps his momentum when running the loop on outside runs. Gracefully weaves through traffic and appears to have good vision. Makes good, clean cuts in the open field. Churns his feet through contact and runs hard. Regularly has to be gang-tackled to be stopped and when the run is over is usually going forward. Does not take risks and generally takes what is given to him. Shows potential to be an asset as a pass-protector. Handled adversity well as a prep when he was a handcuff recruit for big programs looking to sign his more highly regarded twin brother. Has a great family support system. Known for being reserved and having a big heart who puts too much pressure on himself to succeed. Has a tremendous relationship with his brother. Hyper-competitive. Driven to succeed and has a chip on his shoulder. Coaches and teammates like him. No off-field concerns. Coming into the league young.
Negatives: Would be best served dropping a small amount of weight before entering the league. Height, size and the inability to drop his hips make him a big target for defenders and has had bouts of injury during his college career. Durability has to be a concern due to his physical run style and body type. Lacks great explosion out of his cuts and tends to run upright. Fumbles and ball security are a major concern. Not utilized in the passing-game so his future impact there is hard to gauge. As a prep was regularly out of shape and was out of shape during the spring of his freshman year which is something to note. Father is very outspoken on social media and a potential distraction.
Outlook: D’Onta Foreman is one of the best players at his position in the draft. He couples great size with a smooth, physical run style that will appeal to a lot of teams who want to get back to running the ball inside. Although Foreman lacks some elite athletic traits that will keep him out of the conversation of being a top draft pick he simply brings too many positives to fall far. His best value is in the second round.