Ross Homan predraft analysis
Ross Homan
Ross Homan
Posted Apr 30, 2011
Tim Yotter

The predraft analysis, stats and projections for the Vikings' fourth pick in the sixth round.

Ross Homan, Ohio State, 6-0½, 229 – Fifth-year senior who was granted a medical redshirt four games into the 2007 season after suffering a turf toe injury…Team captain who already graduated…Started 30 of 54 career games…A two-year, full-time starter who had 180 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, three sacks, nine passes broken up and six interceptions…Always around the ball and had outstanding production his last two years…Reads and reacts very quickly and has great run-pass instincts…Tough and physical…Active pass defender who covers backs and tight ends very effectively…A good wrap-up tackler who rarely peels off…Takes good tackling angles…Does not have ideal athleticism and makes a lot of plays because of his effort…Is shorter than desired…Doesn’t have the lower-body strength to take anchor on blockers at the next level…Not a blitz threat, never having more than two in any season…Has an injury history….Worked out with the inside linebackers at the Combine, running a 4.66 40 with a monstrous 32 reps of 225 pounds with a 35½-inch vertical jump and a 9-3 broad jump.

PROJECTION: An old-school classic linebacker from the Big Ten, he has the football smarts and is a very physical overachiever. The coaches on the team that draft him will love him, but he will be a push to come off the board prior to the third round. For a team with athletic LBs late in the second, he could be a consideration.

John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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