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Scouting The 2017 NFL Draft: D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas

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Today we take a look at one of the top RB prospects coming out in 2017.

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Introduction

Hometown: Texas City, Texas

High School: Texas City High School

Recruitment: 2 Stars

Awards

2015 second-team Academic All-Big 12

2016 Doak Walker Award recipient

2016 First-team All-American

2016 First-team All-Big 12

Measurables

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 249

Class: Junior

Projected 40 Time: 4.46

Stats

Year Rushing Yards Rush AVG Rush TD's Receptions Receiving Yards
2014 74 4.63 0 1 7
2015 681 7.17 5 5 64
2016 2028 6.28 15 7 75


Positives

  • Good speed for a guy his size
  • Generates good yardage after contact
  • Runs with a lot of power
  • Always keeps his legs moving forward
  • Has very good balance
  • Has good size
  • Has good acceleration in the open field
  • Gets a lot of yards after first contact
  • Has been durable so far

Negatives

  • Only average vision
  • Doesn’t have much 3rd down value
  • Isn’t very shifty
  • Isn’t much of a receiving threat
  • Needs to work on ball security
  • Only average instincts that might not translate at the next level

Conclusion

Foreman is a running back that exploded onto the scene in 2016. He was 2nd in the FBS in rushing yards. It’s not hard to see why. D’Onta is a very powerful back that fights for every yard, and has deceptive speed to run away from defenders, if he gets into the open field. The Jets have Bilal Powell, who is great, high effort running back. Powell also is valuable as a 3rd down opting. This is something that Forman won’t be at the next level. What he would offer us is a great change of pace from Powell’s style of play. D’Onta would also be a good short yardage option.

Draft Round Prediction: Round 2