Homan Aiming To Move Up In Draft

He accomplished a lot during his Ohio State career, but now Ross Homan finds himself with something to prove. Find out what he had to say in Indianapolis as BuckeyeSports.com brings you the latest news on the former Buckeyes from the NFL combine.

Despite having enjoyed a career as one of the most productive Ohio State linebackers in recent memory, Ross Homan again finds himself with something to prove.

The former all-Big Ten player now is hoping to latch onto an NFL roster as a mid-round draft pick. A solid if not spectacular player during his career with the Buckeyes, Homan said he is looking forward to the chance to show his abilities to potential employers.

Asked what his goals are for the combine, Homan said, "Just to come out and compete and showcase my skills to an NFL team. I want to get to know teams on a personal level. They've seen me with the pads on and stuff but getting to know them on a personal level is something that will help."

The linebackers will go through drills Monday. As of Saturday, however, all he had done is go through extensive medical testing. The highlight came when Homan woke at 4 a.m. to take a drug test, he said.

One day after former teammate Dane Sanzenbacher said the first experiences with the combine were of being treated like cattle, Homan said having a number of former Buckeyes on hand has helped.

"I've enjoyed it," he said. "It's been back to back to back. You're always busy going from one thing to another. It makes it easier that there are nine other Ohio State guys here so you're always seeing someone you know. It makes it better."

A native of Coldwater, Ohio, a tiny town in the western part of the state, Homan said he grew up following the NFL combine and would go home during lunch breaks to read online status updates about the drills. He is the first product of the community to participate in the combine, he said.

Now a resident of Columbus, Homan said he does not get the NFL Network. His mother, Alice, does, and will apparently be watching.

"My mom always tells me she'll be watching for me so I have to put on a show for her, I guess," he said.

Homan's 287 career tackles place him 16th in school history. He suffered a foot sprain as a senior that cost him nearly three games and also dealt with a turf toe injury that required him to take a medical redshirt during the 2007 season.

He helped compensate for the loss of All-American James Laurinaitis, who left following the 2008 season. Homan said he has spoken to Laurinaitis a bit about what to expect from the draft and that his advice was to enjoy the process as much as possible.

Following in the footsteps of the likes of A.J. Hawk and Laurinaitis has already paid some dividends, Homan said.

"Every team I talk to they say, ‘We have this guy on our team,' " he said. "OSU is definitely well-represented in the NFL. No one has said anything bad about those guys."

In addition to that lineage, Homan credited some of the teams OSU has faced for helping him increase his profile.

"We played teams like Miami and Wisconsin and Oregon, USC and the top programs," he said. "We were put on a big stage in pressure situations. It made you develop in high-stress situations."

His hope is that the opportunity to meet with and work out for NFL teams will raise his draft stock. According to nfldraftscout.com, Homan projects as a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick and the No. 14 outside linebacker.

Homan said he projects as either a middle or weakside linebacker in a 4-3 defense or a middle linebacker in the 3-4.

His plans for draft day are unwritten, Homan said. The same goes for where he might be taken.

"It's a job, but I really have no idea," he said. "You just go from team to team and try to do well in each interview and that's about it. You really don't know what each team doesn't like you."

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