Rookie Profile: D’Onta Foreman, RB Texas

We attempt to decipher the dynasty worth of the powerful runner from Texas.

D'Onta Foreman

When it comes to D’Onta Foreman, a 6-foot-0, 233-pound running back who logged 323 carries as a Junior out of Texas, fantasy analysts and draft pundits seem to take one of two sides.

We’ll start with the optimistic side. Foreman was a workhorse for Texas in 2016, averaging 29.36 carries per game and 184.4 rush yards per game. Because of his impressive stats and size/speed combination, he’s the RB6 in rookie drafts and is coming off the board at 1.11 on average according to DLF’s rookie ADP.

You might have heard by now that he did not compete in the NFL Combine due to a foot injury which may negatively affect his draft stock. But the big back redeemed himself with a strong showing at Texas’ pro-day in late March. There, Foreman silenced critics of his speed posting a 4.45 40-yard dash—the fastest by a back weighing 233-plus pounds since 2003. He also displayed good explosiveness with 33-inch vertical jump, another impressive mark for a back of his weight.

On the opposite side, the skeptical one, there are some who believe Foreman lacks the elusiveness, pass-catching or blocking skills to be a three-down back at the NFL level. That argument is justified by the fact that the Texas native logged just seven receptions, or a mere 2.1 percent of his 330 touches, in 11 games last season.

Skeptics may also point to Foreman’s ball security issues. He suffered six lost fumbles in those same 11 games. A possible scapegoat for his turnovers via a report from chron.com noted that Foreman was playing through a broken pinky for much of the season, an injury that eventually required surgery. 

So let’s see if a deeper investigation into some of Foreman’s metrics and other attributes that he put on game film helps us to make a determination about his potential in the NFL.


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Matt Francisovich

Matt Francisovich

In addition to writing for the DLF team, Matt Franciscovich has been a fantasy editor at NFL.com for the last three seasons and has appeared on NFL Network’s “Fantasy and Friends.” He is also a current contributor at numberFire.com and has written in the past for TheFakeFootball.com, FantasyPros.com and SportsInjuryAlert.com. Matt used to work for Capitol Records before he realized that he could change the world by analyzing fantasy football.
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  1. Darryl Johnson

    April 18, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Nice article Matt! I must say that you are spot on as far as the negatives heaped upon draft prospects clouding your judgement. I live and play by the motto..”Your eyes don’t lie”! My eyes tell me that this kid’s (wow…sounding like my dad here!) skills will transfer very well to the NFL!! I like what I see. Put this kid (my dad’s words again…jeesh!) in a draft from the last few years and he would stand out. The size speed combo that you see with this kid and Fournette is freaky!! A guy of Foreman’s size, patience and short range speed is a throwback to a time when running backs were the stars!! Would love to see him in DC but that’s a long shot. Carolina would be the best spot for him based on offensive scheme and like the Profile above alludes to, would fall right in line as a Stewart replacement!! I’ll be grabbing him with one of my 1st round picks for sure!!

    • Travis

      April 18, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Agree 100%. If Fournette goes to Jacksonville, I could easily see Foreman being a day 2 pick for the Panthers (I doubt they’re worried about his pass protection when they don’t bother to give Cam Newton a line). Another intriguing fit for him would be Cincinnati as time is running out on Jeremy Hill being the answer and they wouldn’t ask him to catch with Gio there. I think teams will be happy to look past his lack of catching if he can pick up pass pro skills pretty quickly.

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