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Combine Results

5.06 ?
  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.12 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 30 1/2" Arm Length
  • 193LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


Even though Foster's blend of acceleration and toughness as a runner made him one of the best running backs in the country (second-team All-Pac-12), he decided his future interests were best served using his excellent receiving skills in the slot for his senior season. The all-purpose threat was the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player with 1,500 career rushing and receiving yards coming into his senior year, and was used in both roles again in 2015 (280 rushing yards; 59-584 receiving, three scores). Although he didn't make a ton of big plays in his new role, NFL teams might still consider him a valued prospect.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.47 and 4.49 seconds
Vertical: 36 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches



Has lateral agility as a runner to skip from gap to gap. Foot quickness and easy hips favor him. Can elude early signs of trouble as ball­carrier or would-­be tacklers after the catch. Hits the hole at his maximum speed. Natural stop­-start quickness allows him to slam on the brakes and open to the throw faster than most wideouts. Adjusts well to poor throws.


Bullied by press coverage. Doesn't have experience or plays strength to get off the line cleanly when defenders jam him up. Experiment at wide receiver ended with unanswered questions. Unable to create space through routes. Contested catches are trouble. Had eight drops this season. Appears to need movement pre-­snap for clean release.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Bottom Line

The team that adds Foster will need to have a specific plan for him as he is more of a manufactured touch player rather than running back or wide receiver. While he can give teams a few carries here and there, his primary value as a pro will likely come as a pass catcher out of the backfield, but he might need to prove that he can become a special teams player along the way.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster