|Ross Homan OLB Ohio State|
|A tough, physical player. Reliable tackler who also flashes the ability to deliver big hits. Experience lining up at all three linebacker positions in the 4-3 system, primarily at the mike and sam positions. Shows great instincts. A patient player who reads the play and rarely over-commits. Team leader on and off the field. NFL bloodlines; cousin of Bobby Hoying.|
|Missed almost entire 2007 season with turf toe. Limited athletically; a bit stiff and doesn’t have the skills to be great in coverage. Straight-line speed is decent, but his quickness and agility is marginal|
|Homan’s lack of athleticism is really the only thing holding him back from being a top-50 pick. He’s a smart, tough player that coaches and teammates love to be around. His versatility and his intangibles will make him a solid backup at the next level.|
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.