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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Texas RB D'Onta Foreman

Position: Running back.
School: Texas.
Measurables: 6-foot-0, 233 pounds.
Combine stats: Bench press: 18 reps.
Career stats: 28 games, 433 carries, 2,782 yards, 20 TDs, 13 catches, 146 yards.
Draft projection: Third-fourth round.

Reasons:

1. He dominated in 2016. Foreman led the FBS with 184.4 rushing yards per game, totaling 2,028 yards on 323 carries and scoring 15 touchdowns. As a result, he was a consensus All-American and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back.

2. He followed in big footsteps. Ricky Williams was the last Longhorns’ running back to achieve consensus All-American status, back in 1998. Foreman finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting. His 11 100-yard rushing games tied for the most in Texas single-season history, matching Earl Campbell, who had that many in his 1977 season, which ended with the Heisman Trophy.

3. He moves well for a big man. Despite being 6-1, 233, Foreman's athleticism is described as "outstanding" by scouts. His size allows him to convert in short yardage, but he's got the speed to pull away from defenses. His stamina is excellent too – he rarely wore down despite a massive workload.

Fun fact: Foreman’s twin brother, Armanti, is a wide receiver for the Longhorns – and was the bigger recruit coming out of Texas City High School.

They said it: "Former three-star recruit who turned that chip on his shoulder into a 2,000-yard junior season. Foreman has outstanding foot quickness and wiggle for a back his size, but will need to run behind his pads and with more aggression on the next level. Teams could be split on his draft value as some may covet his size and athleticism while others will be concerned about a lack of third down value. Ultimately he has the talent to be a good NFL starter, but he's still a work in progress.” – NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The Buffalo News profiled 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.

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