Thread: Ross Homan, OLB
04-30-2011, 10:49 PM #11
Re: Ross Homan, OLBOriginally Posted by "vikinggreg" #1095684
Leaves me in a glum mood when I see what we didn't do this draft but could have.
Again, thanks for cheering me up.Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.
05-01-2011, 01:49 AM #12
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Re: Ross Homan, OLB
I like this pick as I called for an outside linebacker to eventually replace Ben Leber as he might be leaving soon. Only thing is that I wanted to go this path earlier because there was good talents around the last day of the draft.
Fortunately, after further review by reading some of the scouts reports tells me that this might have been a great steal. Most experts had him projected to go as early as the third or fourth round. He is ranked by most experts as the 11th or 10th best outside linebacker overall in the draft and 5th best among 4-3 outside linebackers. Not a bad value at the end of round 6.
He was considered one of the top linebackers in the Big Ten and played on an Ohio team that has a proud tradition of creating great linebackers to the NFL (e.g. James Laurinaitis, A.J. Hawk). In fact, many people in the scouting community believes Homan is a better NFL prospect than former Buckeye star James Laurinaitis.
People seems to have three consensus knocks on Homan: Durability, size and [strike]athleticism[/strike]. (Read further down for why I crossed out athleticism)
Size - He's slightly above 6 feet and weights almost 240 pounds. It's not ideal height for a linebacker, but many NFL players has proved that it's possible. His size obviously gives him a disadvantage against the run, but he still managed to rack up tackles at Ohio State. Has packed on a lot of weight the past year.
Durability - He has had some injuries throughout his college career, but still managed to have a very productive career at Ohio. It's difficult to predict whether a player will stay healthy or not so why not take a chance on him?
Athleticism - Apart from the other two points of weakness, this is an incorrect assessment of Homan as he has plenty of speed and power to compete at the next level. As a matter of fact, Homan might have been the most impressive linebacker at the NFL Combine. Hosman had the most bench presses out of all outside linebackers with an eye-popping 32 reps. Only 3 reps from the record. Hosman also had an impressive 35 inch vertical leap and ran a 4,6 in the 40 yard dash. His most impressive performance was arguably the 10-yard split as the most important speed for a linebacker is the burst. Homan had the fastest time among all outside linebackers in the 10-yard split at the NFL Combine.
Hosman - The Perfect Fit For The Vikings
What I like about Ross Homan is that he seems to be the perfect fit for our defensive scheme at the outside linebacker position. He was not asked to blitz a lot and I'm not sure that he has the ability to be a consistent pass rusher. The good thing is that he will not be asked to do that much as a Viking anyway.
He shows quick feet and flashes good coverage ability in both zone and man which is important in our Tampa-2 scheme. He has good linebacker speed and is a hard-worker and a leader on the field. His plays aggressive with a high motor and has natural football instincts and high IQ.
I watched some various tape on him and he simply looks like a football player. The tape from the NFL Combine also shows very quick and nimble feet which can come in handy against all the receiving tight ends in today's NFL.
05-01-2011, 12:35 PM #13
Re: Ross Homan, OLBOriginally Posted by "HEY" #1095717
Round 6, Pick 35 (200) (Compensatory Selection) Ross Homan LB 6'1" 240
"Biography: ""Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season. Senior totals included 72/2/1 when he intercepted one pass and broke up four more. Led the team in tackles as a junior with 108/5/2, also intercepting five passes and breaking up five more.""
Positives: ""Instinctive, hard-working linebacker constantly around the action. Breaks down well, quickly changes direction, and rarely gets knocked off his feet. Gets depth on pass drops, shows ability in coverage, and remains disciplined with assignments. Plays smart, heads-up football, immediately diagnosing the action. Makes plays sideline to sideline, quickly fills gaps up the field, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.""
Negatives: Not a reliable tackler. Easily blocked at the point of attack and struggles getting through the trash.
Analysis: Homan is a consistent defender who understands the position and does the little things well. He lacks great physical skills yet does enough to be a productive backup in a variety of defensive alignments at the next level.
Pick Analysis: Homan is very instinctinve and made all of the calls for the Buckeyes' defense last year. He's an intelligent player who could contribute right away.
Homan has the skill set to become an adequate sub-package reserve and potential starter down the road as a WLB in the Vikings' 4-3 scheme.
Prospect Rank: 169
Homan should compete for a backup job at MLB for the Vikings.
"Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki: A true value selection, Homan is a smart, productive, experienced prospect from a big school, not unlike starters Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson. Homan is undersized and concerns about his durability and lack of elite speed likely caused him to slip further than his tape suggests he should.
Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.
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