D’Onta Foreman’s Secret Burden

D'Onta Foreman, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season at Texas and figures to be a draft possibility for the Green Bay Packers, carried an unimaginable secret.


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D'Onta Foreman, Texas (6-0 1/4, 233; 4.45 40; 4.26 shuttle): Junior. In 2016, he was a first-team All-American and the winner of the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s top running back. He rushed for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns and led the FBS ranks with 184.4 rushing yards per game — the 10th-highest figure in NCAA history. Foreman played in 11 games. He topped 100 rushing yards in each of them, tying Hall of Famer Earl Campbell for most 100-yard games in a season. In his first career start, he rushed for or 131 yards against Notre Dame. In nine Big 12 games, Foreman rushed for 1,740 yards. He ran for 341 yards against Texas Tech, with 200 coming after contact. In our top 16 backs, Foreman ranked seventh with an average of 3.5 yards after contact. Unlike most backs in most draft classes, there’s not a lot of wear and tear. While he carried 323 times as a junior, he had only 108 in his first two years.

First, the good: He’s huge, fast and remarkable agile. “He's faster than you think. The first guy doesn't get him down,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. As was the case with Lacy, Foreman isn’t dependent on brute force to break tackles. Both Foreman and Lacy did their testing at pro day. At 231 pounds, Lacy ran his 40 in 4.64 seconds and didn’t do the shuttle. Foreman beat Lacy’s 40 time by almost two-tenths of a second. Also, he ranked No. 1 in PFF’s pass-protection metric with no pressures in 163 pass-blocking snaps. He was the only “perfect” back in this draft class with more than 75 snaps, though he won more with size than any particular skill.

Now, the bad — and it’s gruesome: In 2016, Foreman caught seven passes but fumbled five times. The fumbles are particularly troubling considering his huge 10 1/8-inch hands that are the second-largest in the draft class.

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