The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with every other NFL team at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, will get an up-close-and-personal look at a ton of prospects this week. Teams will meet with a lot of players in an individual setting throughout this process, and for the Steelers, they are starting to look at the running backs.
First up on the list is Texas RB D’Onta Foreman, as reported by Jon Ledyard of InsidethePylon.com.
D'Onta Foreman has a meeting tonight with the Steelers. Says he played at 242-245 this past season.— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 2, 2017
There was a strong contingent of NFL Draft analysts who thought Foreman should have stayed in school for his Senior year, but after a 2,000 yard season the running back decided to take his talents to the NFL.
For more information on this potential prospect, and if he might fit the needs of the Steelers, check out his strengths and weaknesses from his NFL Draft Profile below:
Outstanding athleticism for a big runner. Smooth lateral movement. Has feet and agility for slide and go cuts from one gap to the next without a noticeable gear down. Finesses run lanes with subtle shifts and turns. Measured stride length optimizes balance. Swivels hips to swerve away from second level linebackers. Can hurdle open field tacklers who try and go low. Play speed is adequate. Has size and balance to pinball from one tackler to the next if he's not wrapped up. Jars linebackers and safeties at impact with his size alone. North-south runner. Rarely caught taking a loss due to ill-advised "bounce" outside. Proved he could shoulder heavy workload while cranking out consistent production week after week. Had tremendous conversion rate when short yardage was needed.
Usually opts for finesse over power despite his size. Needs to become more decisive and aggressive between the tackles. Inconsistent acceleration into contact. Waits to churn feet until after blow has landed. One pace runner. Forced into 30 or more carries in six of his last seven games. Needs to press the line a little longer on inside zone carries. Impatient keeping runs play-side and looks to break back inside prematurely. Almost overly committed to original running track rather than being flexible with his reads. Burst is average through the line allowing defenders to get hands on him. Alarming ball security issues this season with seven fumbles and six lost. Poor mechanics in pass protection. Doesn't square assignments defaulting to lazy shoulder blocks.