In the fourth round of the draft, the Falcons finally addressed their
most blatant hole – the defensive line. This unit was atrocious last
year and doesn’t look any more promising on paper coming into 2019.
Beyond that, the futures of Vic Beasley, Jack Crawford, and Grady
Jarrett past this year are up in the air. By the end of the season, the
only notable defensive lineman left on the roster could be Takk
McKinley, and perhaps this lesser know prospect that Atlanta selected
with the 135th pick, John Cominsky.
The more I watch and read
about Cominsky; the more intrigued I become with the potential of this
player out of Division II Charleston University. His physique for a
player coming out of a small program is off the charts, standing at 6’5″
and nearly 290 pounds – with not much of that weight wasted on fat.
Cominsky is an athletic man that was initially brought in to be an
option quarterback at 215 pounds. It turns out he was best suited for
blowing up blockers at the line of scrimmage.
With the Falcons,
one of the biggest questions that will have to be answered is, “what
position does he play?” Coach Quinn said after the pick that Cominsky
can play both inside and outside. The Barberton product has the ideal
build to be a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. Pass rushing was not his
forte in college, but he’s exceptionally stout at the line of scrimmage
and is a wrecking ball against the run. Considering most scouts advise
that Cominsky needs to continue to put on size and strength to match NFL
lineman, he appears best fit to slide into an interior role with
There’s nothing wrong with that. The Falcons need to add
bodies at defensive tackle just as badly as they do on the EDGE. But for
now, and the near future, Cominsky’s future at defensive-end is limited
due to his non-existent secondary pass rushing moves. If the Falcons
want to get the most out of this pick, they are going to have to teach
him how to get off blockers at the next level. Although his athleticism,
thinner build, and proficiency against the run could have him play a
similar role to Brooks Reed early on.
How the Falcons use him will
affect his ultimate potential. Where he will be the most valuable is
out on the Edge. Cominsky has the size, speed, and strength to develop
into an outside guy. However, if you can’t provide much of a rush on the
passer, you don’t do much good for a team out there. At his peak,
Cominsky could transform into a reliable run stopper on the Edge that
does his due diligence against the pass, racking up somewhere from five
to eight sacks.
What’s most likely is Cominsky bulks up some more
and becomes a force on the interior. Perhaps on the inside, he can make
more use of his athleticism against guards and provide an occasional
pass rush while serving as a run stopper.
But the key with
Cominsky in whole is rather simple. He has the type of strength and
athleticism to do this to other 300-pound men.