D’Onta Foreman: Home Run Power Back

by Kevin McHugh ·

Height: 6-0
Weight: 233
Age: 20.9
40-Yard Dash: 4.50 (74th-percentile)
Speed Score: 113.6 (94th-percentile)
Burst Score:  116.1 (33rd-percentile)
Agility Score: 11.47 (32nd-percentile)
SPARQ-x Score:  113.9 (55th-percentile)
Bench: 18 reps (33rd percentile)

Best Comparable: Jonathan Stewart

D’Onta Foreman declared for the NFL Draft after a monster junior season at Texas, where he averaged 6.3 (77th-percentile) Yards Per Carry and posted a 36.5-percent (79th-percentile) College Dominator. With a 31.6 (81st-percentile) BMI, Foreman should be able to handle a heavy workload, although there are a few areas of his game that need work if he is going to succeed at the next level.

D’Onta Foreman was unable to participate in most of the drills at the NFL Combine due to a stress fracture in his foot. Foreman did participate in the bench press, although he disappointed with 18 (33rd-percentile) reps. However, at his pro day, Foreman ran a 4.50 (74th-percentile) 40-Yard Dash, good for a 113.6 (94-percentile) Speed Score, demonstrating the speed that allowed him to break plenty of long runs at Texas.

D'Onta Foreman-Running Back

D’Onta Foreman Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Unfortunately, there are a number of concerns when discussing D’Onta Foreman. Foreman only caught 13 passes in 3 years at Texas, and unless he finds himself leading an NFL backfield, he will need to display the ability to catch passes at the NFL level to have any fantasy value. In addition, Foreman struggled with pass protection, and committed an alarming 7 fumbles in 2016, losing 6 of them.  Foreman also posted a 116.1 (33rd-percentile) Burst Score, 11.47 (32nd-percentile) Agility Score, and 113.9 (55th-percentile) SPARQ-x score, which supports the idea that he is a straight-line runner who relies on his offensive line to create open lanes.

Shortcomings aside, D’Onta Foreman has the potential to be a workhorse in the NFL, but his value in 2017 and beyond will be directly correlated with the team he lands with, as he will need to get a consistent push from his offensive line in order to be effective.  Foreman must also demonstrate adequate receiving skills and improvement in pass protection if he wants to earn playing time.  Most importantly, he needs to hold on to the football.