It’s easy to focus on the first three rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft since there’s so much talent. But, how about some talent in the later rounds? One option may be John Cominsky, DE from Charleston University. Adding some more depth on the defensive line couldn’t hurt in the later rounds.
College stats and honors:
2018: 55 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 1 pass deflection.
Career: 206 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 10 pass deflections.
Honors: NCAA Division II All-America (2018), Division II Academic All-American (2018) and MEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Gazing at Cominsky, he does possess an ideal 3-4 DE frame. Standing at 6’5″ and weighing in at about 286 pounds, he looks a bit intimidating. His NFL Combine measurable are adequate, running a 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds and doing 22 reps on the bench press. Cominsky puts in work considering he came in a little thin when first arriving at Charleston.
Going off of film, Cominsky is an aggressive pass-rusher that possesses decent initial burst. He tends to work around offensive linemen to become disruptive in the backfield. He’s athletic enough to move around a little on the defensive front, but is better at DE.
While Cominsky does flash some potential, he will have to adjust more than the average prospect if he wants to play on the NFL level. The immediate obvious concern is coming from a smaller school. That doesn’t always matter, but the thing that’s alarming is that Cominsky didn’t exactly dominate. He did well in some aspects, however, usually the interest in a division II prospect is a guy that dominates the league. The interest in Cominsky is from his size and a little from his production.
Cominsky is practically standing straight when pass rushing. If he continues to be stiff entering his pass rush, blockers will easily stop him. He doesn’t use his arms or proper footwork to his advantage. Basically, this is a prospect to take a chance on if the coaching staff is willing to teach him. Cominsky does have potential to at least contribute in certain packages, but that may be it.
Expected draft round:
It’s difficult to say exactly what a team will receive with Cominsky, but he is worth drafting in the later rounds. I expect him to go in the fifth or sixth round. In regards to the Rams, they could keep him in mind for depth purposes. There is at least a little interest considering he is one of their predraft visits. The plus side is that the Rams do have Wade Phillips to help teach Cominsky if they decide to draft him.