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.