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Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Homan will patiently wait for call from NFL

By Gary R. Rasberry
You can understand why Ross Homan is a little busy right now.
Planning for a potential call from the National Football League can be a little hectic.
The former Coldwater and Ohio State linebacker is getting ready to see what the future holds in football as the 2011 NFL Draft gets underway starting tonight.
"Teams have been getting hold of you, staying in touch," said Homan on Wednesday during a telephone interview. "It's a lot of downtime, actually, since Pro Day (at Ohio State, where seniors work out in front of NFL scouts). I went to Cleveland and Atlanta. Just hanging in Columbus (now)."
While the first night of the draft is only for the first round, Homan will be patiently waiting to hear his name selected on Friday and Saturday, when the remaining six rounds commence.
After earning first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior for the Buckeyes, Homan has worked to make sure the 32 NFL teams know what he can do. After participating in the Senior Bowl following the conclusion of last season, Homan was invited to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, then the final workout came with the rest of his OSU draft-eligible teammates on Pro Day.
"They (the NFL teams) can only work you out at your facility," said Homan, who is being represented by Mike McCartney, son of former Colorado football coach Bill McCartney. "They can never bring you to their place. They always come to Ohio State. They'll fly in and do it like a pro day. You won't run the 40 (yard dash) or shuttle run. Just position drills.
"It's hard. You normally don't ask how you do," said Homan. "You really don't know. You give it your all and hopefully do your best."
After meeting teams, Homan believes there is plenty of interest.
"All that matters is that one team likes you," said Homan. "Hopefully that comes around this weekend."
In the mock drafts that pop up this time of year, Homan has been predicted to land anywhere between the third and fifth round. Homan, however, isn't up to predicting when the call will come this weekend.
"I have no idea, and my agent doesn't know either," said Homan. "You never know how it's (the draft) going to play out."
As for his plans for this week, nothing will change. Homan will work out in Columbus before coming home to Coldwater to spend time with the family and watch the draft unfold.
"It's good, definitely," said Homan of having the family around for that call. "It's a dream come true. It's good to share it with people you love."
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