Ross Homan adds outside linebacker help to the Minnesota Vikings as a late draft pick at No. 200. One of many in a long line of instinctive Ohio State backers, Homan joins James Laurinaitis and A.J. Hawk among fairly recent NFL draftees. The Buckeye recorded 108 tackles and two sacks in his junior year and 72 with one sack during his senior campaign while missing two games.
Homan possesses incredible upper-core strength as he displayed by registering 32 lifts in the 225-pound bench press at the NFL combine, which led all linebackers in the class. At 6'0", 240 lbs., he doesn't threaten passing lanes as much as others but has a great knack for reacting to the development of a play.
Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema raved about Homan on the NFL Network draft telecast after game-planning for him over the years:
"Very instinctive, probably the guy that I think was making all the calls for their defense. ... And you can't put a premium on that."
It was clear heading into the draft that Minnesota had major needs at linebacker, and it's surprising that the Vikings waited until late in day three to address them. This is likely the product of a linebacker-thin class outside of the defensive end tweeners and pass-rush specialists. Outside backer Ben Leber will likely take off for free agency—whenever that happens—and it wouldn't be crazy to think Homan could go from No. 200 to competing for No. 1 on the depth chart.