The NFL Draft hopes of former Texas Longhorns running back D’Onta Foreman took a slight hit on Friday when the breakout star pulled out of testing at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis after NFL doctors reportedly found a slight stress fracture in his foot.
Foreman’s father, Derrick, stressed on Twitter that his son wanted to participate in the and speed agility drills at the Combine after dropping 16 pounds to 233 in preparation for testing:
Let's clear this thing up.D'Onta felt good about his foot.Didnt even know about it until doctors found it.He wanted to GO but doc's said No!— Derrick Foreman (@DayDay409) March 3, 2017
The elder Foreman also said that his son was “bummed” about not being able to work out on Friday, but does expect to be ready to go at the Texas Pro Day on March 28.
Since Foreman wasn’t able to run the 40-yard dash or go through the agility drills, the Pro Day will take on increased importance since scouts are eager to see how fast Foreman can run at his new weight.
The Texas City product infamously ran the 4.4 that Mack Brown told him was necessary to pick up an offer at a camp in the summer of 2013, but Foreman was around 30 pounds lighter at that time.
Following the season, Foreman began focusing on his conditioning by improving his diet, something he didn’t worry about much while at Texas.
"When I was in college I didn't really have the people to tell me what to eat or how to eat certain things,” Foreman said.
The comment raised questions about the nutrition program under Charlie Strong — and whether Foreman followed it at all — while illustrating the amount of upside that the big back may still have after running for more than 2,000 yards last season despite playing through a broken hand.
Now Foreman will have some time to heal and continue working on his conditioning before he tests on the fast track at the Texas facilities.
If he can run close to the 4.50 to 4.52 times of top running back prospects Dalvin Cook and Leonard Fournette on Friday in Indianapolis, then Foreman should be well-positioned to come off the board in the higher range of his draft projections.