Ohio State outside linebacker Ross Homan could return in time for the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Nov. 13. The Buckeyes are off this week, giving Homan an extra week to recover after missing the past two games with a foot injury.
It’s good timing for Homan, who could use an impressive stretch run to boost his draft stock.
Homan is a relatively unspectacular athlete, but he’s a candidate to come off the draft board earlier than his skill set may indicate. For one, he plays at Ohio State and NFL coaches and GMs have a tremendous amount of respect for Jim Tressel’s program – especially their defense.
Secondly, he has experience at both outside and inside linebacker. He’s been starting on the weak side this year, but could play all three positions in a 4-3 scheme.
Homan isn’t going to come off the board before the 3rd round, but he could be a highly sought-after prospect if he falls to the 3rd day of the draft. His versatility and experience in an NFL-style defense makes him an ideal target for a team looking to land a rookie who can contribute in a backup role immediately.