Christian McCaffery ran a 4.48 40 at the NFL Combine. Dalvin Cook ran a 4.49, and Leonard Fournette ran a 4.51. They were considered the three first-round running backs in this year's NFL Draft coming out of the combine.

So, where does that put D'Onta Foreman, the 234-pound back who topped them all on Tuesday with a pair of 4.45 40s at Texas Pro Day, according to former Cowboys player personnel director Gil Brandt, who was standing near the finish line.



"I think I shocked some people today," Foreman said after the workout, which also included a 33-inch vertical jump and catching passes from David Ash (Foreman caught every one).

When asked if he made some money Tuesday, Foreman said, "Definitely."

During the 2016 season, Foreman played about 246 pounds. He changed his eating habits - dramatically - with the help of EXOS Gym in Gulf Breeze, Florida, where he's been training, to get his weight right.

"I probably didn't help myself with some of my answers about this at the combine," Foreman said. "But I kind of ate whatever I wanted during the season, because I kept having success, even though our nutritionist, Ms. Amy Culp, was telling me what to eat."

Foreman's father, Derrick, told me at Pro Day, "D and Armanti put ranch dressing on everything. I mean everything. And that had to stop."

D'Onta admitted ranch dressing has been a weakness, but that he's gotten it under control.

"Hey, I'm eating a lot of salmon, lot of chicken - and no ranch," D'Onta said, smiling.

One NFL personnel guy I trust said Foreman's performance in the 40 on Tuesday "could cause one team that loves him to move up to the end of the first round to get him if they're worried another team might grab him in the second round, where most projected him based on his film."

In other news at Pro Day:

Former Texas RB Johnathan Gray, after surgeries to repair ruptures in each Achilles, ran a 4.56 and 4.58 40 weighing 208 pounds. Gray, who trained with Jeremy Hills, knocked out 22 reps of 225 on the bench, a 10.1 broad jump and a 36-inch vertical.

"Everything that's happened has helped open my eyes about life after football," said a very mature and content sounding J Gray. "I had to grow up, face adversity and figure out what I was going to do after football.

"But I've tried to never let anything stop me. I just hope a team gives me a chance to show them what I can do, because I believe I can do a lot."

Three guys making position switches tried to convince the NFL Tuesday they could play tight end.

Tyrone Swoopes, who weighed in at 247 pounds and knocked out 19 reps of 225 on the bench, a 35-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 9.7

Caleb Bluiett, who weighed in 252 pounds and knocked out 23 reps of 225 on the bench, a 33-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 9.11.

Quincy Vasser, who weighed in at 244 pounds and knocked out 17 reps of 225 on the bench, a 31-inch vertical and a broad jump of 9.3.

All caught the ball pretty well and will be defying the odds if they  make an NFL roster. The goal is just to get into an NFL  workout and then an invite to training camp.


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