Things are well underway for Atlanta on Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Falcons traded up two spots with the Oakland Raiders, giving up 137 and 230 (their seventh round pick) to move up to 135. With their second pick of the fourth round, the Falcons selected EDGE John Cominsky from Charleston.
The 6’5, 286 Cominsky played on the edge at Charleston (WV), and was closely connected with the Falcons in recent weeks. Cominsky began his college career as an option QB, coming into Charleston at only 210 pounds. He fits the bill of the type of player the Falcons like to add on Day 3: ideal size, great athlete, and just needs a little development time to reach his potential. I personally see Cominsky as the heir-apparent to Adrian Clayborn—he’s a great run defender on the outside, but his best pass rushing spot is probably from the interior. Dan Quinn knows exactly how to use players like Cominsky, and I’m excited to see him develop in Atlanta. Also, I totally called this one.
Also, don't be surprised if you see the Falcons go after EDGE John Cominsky way earlier than most analysts expect. He's definitely their type of guy on Day 3: ideal size, fantastic athlete, just needs some development.— Kevin Knight (@FalcoholicKevin) April 27, 2019
Cominsky was one of the stars of the 2019 NFL Combine, putting up downright ridiculous numbers for his size. Cominsky’s 4.69 40-yard dash was in the 90th percentile among all defensive linemen, which is even more impressive when you remember that he’s 286 pounds. He was also exceptional in the vertical jump (73rd percentile), the broad jump (76th percentile), the 3-cone (89th percentile, 7.03s), and the 20-yd shuttle (74th percentile).
I could see Cominsky carving out a role as a run-stuffer on the edge in his rookie season. He needs to develop his pass rush repertoire to take on a larger role, but moving him inside might help in that regard.
What are your thoughts on the Cominsky pick, Falcons’ fans?