Vikings' pick at No. 200: Ohio State linebacker Ross Homan
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings selected Ohio State linebacker Ross Homan with the last of their four sixth-round picks (No. 200 overall) in the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Homan (6-foot-1, 238 pounds) was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference choice as a senior in 2010, earned All-America honorable mention from multiple publications and finished his career with 287 tackles (155 solo), five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, seven interceptions, 10 pass break-ups, 17 tackles for loss and five sacks.
He is considered a hit-and-run linebacker best suited to the weak side, where he played at Ohio State. Downgraded some for his size, Homan added 10 pounds before the NFL scouting combine, where he led all linebackers at the combine with 32 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds.
"It was all good weight," Homan said. "I ate healthy. I just wasn't eating fast food to try to gain the pounds. It was a gradual increase of weight, and I ran a good time at the combine, I felt good in all my position drills, so I maintained that weight and I feel good at it."
The Vikings, who may have to replace free-agent starter Ben Leber on the weak side, had a connection to Homan because defensive coordinator Fred Pagac was a Buckeyes assistant from 1978 to 2000.
"Coach Pagac is a legend at Ohio State," Homan said. "I know him and his son very well. Mike Singletary (the Vikings' linebackers coach), his name pretty much explains itself. I'm definitely thrilled to learn under him."
The cousin of former NFL quarterback Bobby Hoying, Homan played in a remarkable 54 games over five seasons at Ohio State, starting 30. He received a medical redshirt becaues of a turf toe injury in 2007.
Homan's most productive college season came as a junior in 2009, when he intercepted five passes and had 109 tackles, including 57 solo, five for loss and two sacks.
He said Ohio State's 4-3 scheme "is very similar to what we ran at Ohio State. Hopefully, I will be able to pick up everything very quickly."
• 40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds.
• 10-yard dash: 1.65 seconds.
• 20-yard dash: 2.74 seconds.
• 20-yard shuttle: 4.34 seconds.
• 3-cone drill: 7.21 seconds.
• Vertical jump: 35.5 inches.
• Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches.
• Bench press: 32 reps of 225 pounds.
• Arm length: 30½ inches.
• Hand size: 9 7/8 inches.
• Windspan: 74 inches.