D’Onta Foreman, RB
School: Texas | Conference: BIG-12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 20
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 249 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd or 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: LaGarrette Blount
D’Onta Foreman is a wide load in the best way possible. The young man has imposing size at the RB position and he uses it well. He doesn’t shy away from contact, he has the ability to shed blocks and the ability to drag defenders with him for a few more yards. What’s most impressive about Foreman though is the speed, acceleration, balance and agility he has for a guy his size. Traits like that are a lethal combination which is why his accomplishment of running for over 2,000 yards (even in the BIG-12) is so impressive. Foreman, however, does have an Achilles heel, though. He fumbled 6 times this year and all of them were lost. If Foreman wants to be a workhorse in the NFL he must learn how to take care of the ball better.
- Big running back who carries his weight well. Keeps his feet moving with his size and power it helps him grind out tough runs and makes him hard to bring down.
- North/South runner who has good speed and acceleration to pull away from the pack.
- Has an interesting running style that combines power and finesse and plays smart, knows when to put his head down and when to go out of bounds to avoid unnecessary hits.
- Consistent in his play week in and week out.
- Ball security.
- Waits to turn on jets when he gets to the second level instead of at the first leaving good yards on the field.
- Straight line runner that seems unable to improvise or deviate from the route he initial chooses.
- Pass pro is straight wack ya’ll.
- Not a proven threat in the receiving game.
Let’s see his work:
D'Onta Foreman is intriguing in the sense that if he drops 15-20 pounds he could be dynamic, like when Le'Veon Bell was too big at Mich St.— Jayson Braddock (@JaysonBraddock) February 12, 2017
My biggest scare with D'Onta Foreman is ball security. 6 fumbles in 2016.— JR (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2017
One NFL scout gave me the best comp I've heard for D'Onta Foreman today: Jamal Lewis.— Alex Dunlap (@AlexDunlapNFL) January 27, 2017
I don't know why D'Onta Foreman isn't being labeled a "freak". He's 250 lbs and has as much speed as any RB in this class.— Fusue Vue (@lifesyourcup) January 17, 2017
Is D'Onta Foreman's actual 40 time going to affect your evaluation of him?— Fusue Vue (@lifesyourcup) January 17, 2017
D'Onta Foreman:— Mykel (@agilitykills) January 6, 2017
people 20-30 lbs. less than him don't have this agility or speed to make this play pic.twitter.com/3yYMwVplSR
D'Onta Foreman is used sparingly as a receiver, but he shows soft hands here & forces a missed tackle. pic.twitter.com/X1NsTBqfVV— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) November 11, 2016
D'Onta Foreman forcing a couple missed tackles & carrying defenders to the goal line. pic.twitter.com/O5MyqdoMmL— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) November 11, 2016
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
Foreman has all the physical tools to be a lead back in the NFL but he still has a ways to go to immediately be thrust into a starting role. Most obviously Foreman must really work on his ball security issues if he want to avoid the bench playing for any team. Secondly he must really work on his pass protection if he wants to be a 3 down type back the half-hearted efforts I saw to take on blockers were disappointing. He will need to have better recognition of when to turn on the jets in the NFL because the holes he gets to run through will be rarely as wide as he’s used to. Lastly, here’s to hoping he can develop some sort of wiggle or elusive move at the next level. The critique isn’t to take away what a prolific player Foreman is already.
On the Redskins he would be in immediate competition with Rob Kelley and Matt Jones for lead back duties. To be frank he has more physical talent than both of them but many of the same issues. I like Foreman on the Redskins. I feel like his size and power were what the team was originally looking for when they went to their “power” run blocking scheme. I don’t think the team drafts him though if the rumors of the team looking for a more versatile back are true. We’ll see.