Arian Foster as Ray Jennings in the film "Draft Day"

Arian Foster as Ray Jennings in the film “Draft Day”

*Football fans already know what Houston Texans running back Arian Foster can do on the field. Next Friday, we’ll find out what the athlete can do on the big screen.

The 27-year-old makes his feature film debut as a hot NFL prospect in the upcoming Ivan Reitman-directed “Draft Day.” Kevin Costner stars as GM of the Cleveland Browns looking to trade up for the number one draft pick. The frenzy and chaos of the NFL draft is on full display as Sonny Weaver (Costner) must put personal and professional relationships on the line for this rare shot to save football in Cleveland.

Foster plays Ray Jennings, the son of former Browns great Earl Jennings, played by real life former NFL athlete Terry Crews. So how did Foster fare in his first Hollywood gig?

“Let me tell you, Arian just blew it up,” Crews said during a recent press conference for the film. “Most football players – and I know a lot of them – it’s hard for them to humble themselves in a new field. When you’re the tops in your game, you’re All-Pro where you are. And then to come into a new field and have to start all over, this man totally killed it. He has experience now, and I see nothing but a great career for Arian.”

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While Crews had his own draft day experience to draw on, going in the 11th round to the Los Angeles Rams in 1991, Foster – a three-year starter at running back for Tennessee – ranked 24th among available backs in the 2009 draft and was projected to go in the fifth or sixth round, but his name was never called.

After eventually signing with the Texans as an undrafted free agent, and going on to electrify the NFL – breaking franchise records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns along the way – he can laugh about it now.  He takes us through the buildup and let down of the day below.

“Draft Day” opens April 11. Watch a scene with Arian Foster and Terry Crews  below.