Philadelphia Eagles 2017 Draft Profile: D’Onta Foreman
- Height: 6’1”
- Weight: 249 lbs
- College: Texas
- NFL Grade*: 5.76
- Projected Round: Mid-2nd/Early 3rd
- NFL comparison: Jonathan Stewart
In his sophomore season, Foreman rushed for 681 yards and five touchdowns but was cut short due to a wrist injury he sustained towards the end of the season.
His junior year, he was able to lead the FBS with 184.4 rushing yards per game and rushed for a total of 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was also awarded All-American honors and the Doak Walker Award establishing himself as the best running back that year.
How Foreman Will Fit with Eagles
Foreman has incredible size. His comparison to Jonathan Stewart is fair considering both backs are bowling balls on the field. What Foreman lacks in pass-catching ability, he makes up for in consistent, hard and often downhill running. In open space, it is hard to tackle him without wrapping him up (sometimes with two players).
The Eagles bell cow last season was Ryan Mathews who is expected to be released due to cap reasons. Darren Sproles is the best pass-catching back on the roster but will be retiring after one more season. In order to improve the Eagles run game, they need a prospect who can establish the run for them and ease Carson Wentz from airing the ball out 40+ times a game.
Running back is one of the top positional needs for the Eagles along with wide receiver and cornerback. However, since the Eagles ranked 11th in rushing with Ryan Mathews at the helm, it would seem the other two positions take priority in this year’s draft. If Foreman would to sneak his way and get to the third round, the Eagles would be able to draft their wide receiver of choice in the 1st round, a cornerback in the 2nd round and then Foreman in the 3rd round.
The necessity for a complete back in head coach Doug Pederson’s west coast offense vital to the success of the team. As of now, the Eagles do not have a complete back. (And they haven’t since LeSean McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2015) Foreman would need to work on his pass catching ability in order to be the complete back that the Eagles need.