Robert Foster

Alabama
WR

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Monaca, PA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
196 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.96
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.41u
Seconds
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
116.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.9
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.2
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.9
Seconds
 

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Foster looked on his way to becoming an all-conference performer as a redshirt sophomore in 2015, grabbing 10 catches for 116 yards and two scores while starting the Tide's first three games. He dove for a pass in that third game, however, and suffered a season-ending injury to his right shoulder. Foster worked his way back to the field for 2016, but only caught passes in two of the ten games in which he played (five receptions, 55 yards). He considered transferring after the season due to that lack of playing time but chose to return. Foster started 13 of 14 games for the national champs, catching 14 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown for a team that lacked a passing attack. A high school first-team All-American and top-five receiver recruit nationally, Foster played in nine games in 2014 (six receptions, 44 yards) after redshirting his first year in Tuscaloosa. Foster had 27 stitches put in his back in June 2017 after being hit by a car while on his dirt bike.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
PFA
Overview
Size and speed prospect with sudden feet to uncover underneath and the burst to get open vertically, but a poor feel for the position. Foster is a much better athlete than receiver and was unable to find snaps until this season because he was behind better football players. He's expected to workout well and may find a spot at the back of a roster or on a practice squad early in his career, but he appears to lack the football instincts and playmaking consistency to stick long-term.
Strengths
  • Premium athlete
  • Flashes explosive ability that made him a coveted, five-star recruit
  • Has twitched-up feet
  • Able to stutter and burst past press coverage
  • Accelerator allows for early climb and separation on go routes
  • Routes are unrefined, but talent is there to get much better
  • Has moldable traits for position coach to work with
  • Threatening in open field
  • Able to shake initial tackle attempts with subtle lower body shift and keep his run pace elevated
Weaknesses
  • Short strider with longer torso
  • Production over four seasons was abysmal
  • Never came close to reaching athletic potential and struggled to find meaningful snaps until senior season
  • Drifts towards coverage out of route stems
  • Football instincts are below average
  • Converts on a low percentage of opportunities relative to his position
  • Gives away pattern breaks down the field allowing for easier coverage
  • Falters in his stack and track on deep throws
  • Fumbled three times on 37 touches over last two seasons
Sources Tell Us

"It may not seem like it but Saban misses too sometimes. He just misses on five-star guys and replaces them with five-star guys. Foster is going to run fast and workout well so he could still get drafted." - AFC Director of Scouting

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league