WATCH: Atlanta Falcons fourth-rounder John Cominsky has the looks of a sleeper
The Atlanta Falcons didn't address their pass rush, which is what many analysts called their biggest need of the offseason, until the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. They also only dedicated one of their picks to that need.
But with that one choice, the Falcons picked Charleston defensive end John Cominsky, who has enough tools to warrant the often popular draft label -- "sleeper."
Cominsky actually played quarterback in high school, but then when he only received one scholarship to continue his playing career in college and that scholarship was to play defensive end, he had no choice but to move to defense.
It took a long time, but Cominsky gained 70 pounds during his career to develop into a bonafide college defensive end. In his senior season, he posted 67 tackles, including 16.5 for loss and 3.0 sacks.
Standing at 6-foot-5, Cominsky always had the frame to play on the defensive line, and then he bulked up to 286 pounds while at Charleston. He also ran an impressive 4.69 40-yard dash and recorded a 33.5 vertical leap. To put that second number in perspective, Cominsky reached the same level in his jump as defensive end and Top 5 selection Nick Bosa.
NFL scouts says Cominsky has an excellent work ethnic and intelligence as well. His biggest weakness is in his technique, but considering he's still relatively new to the position, that's to be expected.
It might not happen in 2019, but Cominsky has the size, speed, intelligence and work ethnic to be an excellent fourth-round choice and an eventual impactful player for the Falcons defense.