PHILADELPHIA (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans selected Longhorns running back D’Onta Foreman with their third round selection on Saturday evening, but the Foreman-Houston may have happened because Foreman willed it to happen.
It is rare that a Doak Walker award winner would find himself as the sixth running back selected in the draft. Foreman, despite rushing for the second most yards in FBS in 2016, found himself slipping to a spot that allowed his and his father’s dream come true by becoming a member of his father’s favorite team.
“I’m from Texas City. I’m really close to Houston and my dad has always been a Texans fan,” Foreman said during his post draft conference call. “I played for Texas City and then I went to Texas – so why not be a Texan? That was my thing, just play for the Texans from where I’m from. I really wanted to just be a Texan.
Texans GM Rick Smith said after the pick that Foreman was the highest rated player on their board when they selected him with the 89th overall selection, but admitted that he was also a favorite player of is and had him “starred” on a wish list.
What set Foreman apart was not just his 2,000 yard season and his ability to run between the tackles, giving the Texans thunder to Lamar Miller’s lightning; it was also his excitement to workout locally when he didn’t have to.
“A lot of times some of the higher projected prospects shy away from the local workout,” Smith said. “One of the things that was impressive about that young man was that he came and he wanted to compete and he got in the drills and he did a great job and showed us that he was ready and willing and excited to be a Houston Texan. So, we’re excited that he is.”
Foreman wanted to make sure the Texans knew how much he wanted to play in Houston and continue his career 41 miles away from where he played his high school football in Texas City so when his agent said that the Texans wanted him to workout at their local pro day he made sure he was there.
“I was glad to be there,” Foreman said of the Houston pro day workout. “I actually had a workout the day before, but nothing was going to make me miss that. I really wanted to be there and just showcase my talent. I really wanted to be a Texan, so that’s something that I wouldn’t pass up.”
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio