Texas RB D'Onta Foreman performed for NFL scouts Tuesday March 28, 2017 during Pro Timing Day at the University inside the team practice bubble and talks about feeling confident and considers himself one of the best backs in this year's draft. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Houston Texans take former Longhorn D’Onta Foreman in NFL draft

Posted April 28th, 2017


Texas All-American D’Onta Foreman will be staying close to home for his pro career.

The Houston Texans selected Foreman late in Friday’s third round of the NFL draft. He was the fourth Big 12 player selected and third to go during Friday’s session.

Foreman won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top tailback and his 2,028 yards were second best in the country. Yet scouts pondered whether his production would translate into the NFL. Plus, great tailbacks in the pros also need to catch the ball. Foreman has yet to show that talent.

So he was the seventh tailback to go in the draft and second from the Big 12. Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second.

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Foreman participated in the NFL combine. He’d dropped 16 pounds so that he could show off his speed. But NFL doctors, after discovering a stress fracture in his foot, wouldn’t allow him to go through the speed, agility and position drills. He worked out for the scouts in late March, but by then, the tailback order seemed solidified.

Foreman ran a 4.45-second time in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. Gil Brandt, a draft analyst for NFL.com and the one-time personnel director for the Dallas Cowboys, put Foreman’s time into context.

The Texans used pick No. 89 to select Foreman. It was the first time they’d selected a Longhorn since taking defensive tackle Frank Okam in 2008.

Houston loves to run the football. And the Texans have a lot of running backs. Lamar Miller is the starter, with Alfred Blue, Akeem Hunt, Tyler Ervin and Kenny Hilliard as backups.

Foreman is the first Longhorn tailback to be drafted since Chris Ogbonnaya, who was picked by the St Louis Rams in 2009 in the seventh round.  Others taken since 2000 were Jamaal Charles (third round, 2008) and Cedric Benson (first round, 2005).

Lance Zierlein, an analyst for NFL.com, said of Foreman: “I think this is a really good pick for a team who wants to win with the running game while they figure out the quarterback situation.”

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