D’Onta Foreman declares for 2017 NFL draft

Oct 29, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns running back D'Onta Foreman (33) runs in a touchdown against the Baylor Bears at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

After enjoying a dominant 2016 season at Texas, junior running back D’Onta Foreman has decided to declare for the 2017 NFL draft.  Foreman totaled 323 carries for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns in what was one of the best seasons of any running back this year.

At 6-foot-1 and more than 240 pounds, Foreman is a strong day-two prospect who could go as high as the second round if he has a good performance at the scouting combine.  A powerful runner between the tackles, Foreman needs to time well in the 40-yard dash and agility drills to maximize his draft value.

Recent first-round running backs Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley have all enjoyed varying degrees of success and have helped re-write the narrative about the position’s day-one value.  With the NFL being a copycat league, and with several talented running backs available in the 2017 class, there should be at least two taken in the first round this year.

Whether Foreman can enter the first-round discussion is up for debate, but his talent is undeniable.  He will contribute right away in his rookie year and should become an offense’s bell cow by midseason if not sooner.