Finding Broncos: Scouting Texas Running Back D'Onta Foreman

In today's edition of Finding Broncos, Analyst Nick Kendell breaks down Texas RB D'Onta Foreman. Does Foreman fit the Broncos? If so, where can Denver get him?

D'Onta Foreman, Running Back, Texas Longhorns

http://www.scout.com/player/172430-d-onta-foreman?s=101

Combine Measurements 

Height: 6-foot-0

Weight: 233 pounds

Arms: 31-3/8 inches

Hands: 10-1/8 inches

Combine Results

Bench Press (225 lbs): 18 Reps 

*Foreman abstained from other drills at combine due to injury and instead ran at Texas’ Pro Day, putting up a 40 yard dash around 4.45s.

Stats

Year Attempts Yards YPC TD
2014 15 73 4.9 0
2015 95 681 7.2 5
2016 323 2,028 6.3 15

Medical History

Stress fracture was revealed shortly before Combine that kept Foreman from participating in field drills. Wrist injury caused two missed games in 2015.

Character

Clean character. Strong love of former Texas Head Coach, Charlie Strong, breaking down into tears after loss that ultimately led to Strong’s firing.

Pros

Was listed at nearly 250 lbs this season at Texas but able to cut himself down to a ‘trim’ 233 pounds fore the Combine. Very good vision and cutback ability, especially given his big body type. Has surprising acceleration for his size. Won’t outrun corners and safeties in the NFL, but has enough long speed to break of big runs.

Can find backside lanes as they open up with excellent lateral agility for his size to find open holes and get through the line of scrimmage. Big enough and sturdy enough to handle a large workload (as showcased in his 51 carry game at Kansas this year).

Surprisingly elusive for his size, and can make defenders miss with power and finesse. Will fight for extra yards if not tackled properly or in short-yardage situations.

Cons

A very high fumble rate this last season at Texas. Fumbled the ball a whopping seven times, with the fumble lost on six occasions. Will need to better secure the football if he is going to end up on the field, rather than the coach’s doghouse.  This is a larger concern given he will likely need to be more power and less finesse in the NFL.

Limited to no work as a route runner or pass blocker. Can be lazy in both, and probably is a two down back in the NFL barring miraculous improvement in these areas. Pass blocking of utmost concern, Foreman doesn’t square up or use proper technique hardly if ever, and will likely need work here if he plans to see much of the field year one.

Overview

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Foreman won the Doak Walker Award this season for being the best running back in all of college football. Averaging 184.4 yards per game and scoring a total of 15 times, it was a well-deserved award for Foreman after a fantastic statistical year.

Foreman probably fits best in a power scheme but has enough vision and lateral ability to do work in a zone based scheme as well. He likely doesn’t see much of the field year one except in obvious short-yardage run situations, given his inability to pass block right now.

Fit With The Broncos

Foreman has tremendous upside on a team that allows him to continue to develop the finer aspects of being an NFL running back. In Denver, Foreman is not a third down back that would compliment C.J. Anderson this year, but could develop into a strong starting running back if the Broncos move on from Anderson in a year. Best case, Foreman grows as a pass blocker and in his ability as a route runner and becomes one of the better big backs with long speed in the NFL.

Draft Grade: Round 3

Where He Goes: Round 2-3

Nick Kendell is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. Follow him on Twitter @NickKendellMHH.

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