Ross Homan, OLB, Ohio State

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Ross Homan, OLB, Ohio State

Postby Pudge » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:16 pm

Ohio State Senior
40: 4.75 (estimated)


Active, high motor defender that likes to stick his nose in things. Shows good burst and closing speed when working downhill and will deliver a good hit on occasion. Shows some anticipation to diagnose plays. Shoots upfield and is able to beat the lead blocker. Has good burst off the edge and up the middle as a blitzer. Has decent hips, but does a nice job moving in space. Shows potential and decent awareness in zone, able to read the quarterback and make a play on the ball over the middle.


Undersized and not a strong tackler, particularly in the open field. Lacks ideal speed and range to make plays sideline to sideline. Struggles to get off blocks. Gets caught out of position and stuck in traffic at the point of attack when trying to defend the outside run. Has a tendency to play on his heels at the point of attack vs. the inside run and allows linemen to get free shots on him, rendering him obsolete at times. Not polished in coverage and will lose his balance trying to change direction in coverage.


A productive three-year starter that is a nice playmaker in Ohio State's defense. Played predominantly weakside linebacker for the Buckeyes. Had his best year as a junior, where he led the team with 108 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 5 picks. As a senior, his production slipped down to 72-2-1-1. Missed 2 games as a senior with a sprained foot, and was slowed by a hamstring as a junior, and redshirted the 2007 season due a turf toe, so durability is a concern with his lack of size. His cousin is former Eagles/Raiders QB Bobby Hoying.


Homan's lack of size probably limits his versatility and potential at the next level. He plays at times like an ILB because of his ability to attack upfield, but he's not big enough for that scheme. And he's really only going to fit as a WILL in a 4-3 scheme at this point. He's physical, but is an undersized tackler and he's not a guy that you really trust trying to take on the bigger, physical NFL backs. In coverage, he's decent in space and zone, but limited in man coverage. But he has the potential to get better there. Right now, I would say because of his lack of size and potential to develop a feel for zone, he projects best as a WILL in a Tampa-2 scheme. But he's probably not as fast or rangy as that defense tends to prefer and if he can bulk up some to be a bit better vs. the run, I could see him being a decent backup MLB in that scheme. I don't think he does anything well enough to really like his chances as a starter at the next level. But I think with his style of play and ability he can be a solid special teams player and backup able to fill in at multiple positions, although his primary role will be at WILL. In that way, I think he's probably closer to a player like Coy Wire. He played running back in high school, and was productive there, and it woudln't be crazy to have some team bulk him and try to make him a fullback. He'll probably be a career backup there as well, but he probably has some better potential to impact as a situational player. He'll work hard, add depth, and I could see him sticking 5-8 years as a reserve and special teams player in the pros.


Homan would fill a similar niche as Wire for the Falcons and would add depth. But his only real value is that he's a younger version of Wire rather than a better player or upgrade. The Falcons might try and develop him as a MLB instead of playing him at his more natural WLB, but he would only be a depth/special teams guy in Atlanta that unless he was really good there wouldn't be kept beyond his rookie contract.


Homan adds depth for a 4-3 team, and should be a nice value in the fifth or sixth round because of his ability to impact on special teams.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Tackling: 2.0
Coverage: 3.0
Point of Attack: 2.0
Instincts: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.5
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