Marcus Green Jersey

Louisiana-Monroe’s dynamic wide receiver/kick returner Marcus Green was the sole player from the Sun Belt to be selected in the 2019 NFL draft.

The 5-8, 191-pound playmaker was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round (203rd overall) on Saturday.

Green is the first Warhawk to be drafted since Trey Caldwell was selected by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, and the first offensive ULM player since wide receiver Marty Booker was picked by the Chicago Bears in 1999.

He finished his collegiate career with 202 catches for 2,698 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Additionally, he brings added value as a return specialist, racking up over total 2,000 yards of return yardage, including four kickoff returns for touchdowns in his career.

While Green was the only selection, eight other former Sun Belt players will attempt to make NFL rosters as undrafted free agents.

Two-time 1,000 yard receiver and former Georgia State Panther Penny Hart landed with the Indianapolis Colts, while 2016 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year Jalin Moore has signed with the New York Jets.

Jordan Miller Jersey

The Falcons had the perfect press cover 3 cornerback fall right into their laps with their second fifth-round pick in Washington’s Jordan Miller.

The tall, long corner does well in press coverage and is a physical kind of defender that they haven’t had in the secondary for a minute. Miller should see some playing time in 2019 if injuries set in but will be used primarily on special teams as a rookie. Here’s how he fits in Atlanta.

With Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, Damontae Kazee and Kendall Sheffield on the depth chart ahead of him, Miller won’t be asked to do much in 2019 outside of special teams unless there’s a lot of injuries.

Miller has some technical things to work through and needs to become more of a ball hawk before he sees more playing time. Early on, he’ll be a gunner on special teams and should be focused on running down the field and hitting people as hard as he can. Atlanta made a good pick here and should have a long-term fit for a reserve and special teams corner.

Miller is a player who jumps into piles and seeks out contact. He plays a physical brand of football that will make Dan Quinn smile. He wasn’t a captain in Washington, but he was a good teammate who kept his nose clean off the field.

Long term, Miller has a Jeremy Lane-type career projection where he plays a lot of special teams and works hard as a reserve as a rookie. Then, later on, he’ll be able to play in the starting lineup as a third or fourth-year player. He could either be an average NFL starter or a great pro backup and special teams player.

Qadree Ollison Jersey

Qadree Ollison isn’t entering an especially crowded running back situation in Atlanta.

In fact, physically, the former Pitt running back will stand out in the crowd at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds because the other backs are listed at 5-8 (Devonta Freeman and Marcus Green) and 5-9 (Ito Smith).

No question, the Falcons need help at running back after Freeman, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2015 and 2016, was limited by knee, foot and groin injuries to two games and 68 yards last season. They also lost Tevin Coleman in free agency to the San Francisco 49ers.

That’s not to suggest Ollison will supplant Freeman in his rookie season, but there’s room for him to make a quick impact.

Ollison’s competition will come from Smith, a fourth-round pick last year who ran for 315 yards and four touchdowns, and fellow rookie Green, a multi-talented back from Louisiana-Monroe. Green caught 50 passes for 855 yards last season, but he also has five return touchdowns on his resume – four kickoffs and a punt.

The Falcons say Green will be a running back at the outset of the offseason, but he’ll surely end up filling a much different role than what they’ll ask of Ollison, whose physicality attracted the Falcons as much as anything.

“He’s a big back. We’ve been looking for a big back to add to that group,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “We think that, again back to versatility, he’s a big guy, a strong guy. Actually has really nice feet and game-speed ability about him for a bigger back like that. He has pass-pro ability as well and can catch the ball as well, so there’s a versatility element to a bigger guy.”

John Cominsky Jersey

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 Atlanta.

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.