FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons might have a diamond in the rough in John Cominsky. A standout at the University of Charleston, Cominsky was a relatively unknown name when the pre-draft process started. After he earned an invite to the Senior Bowl and his combine performance, his name started to shoot up draft boards.
The Falcons traded up two spots to ensure they were the ones who landed Cominsky and Dan Quinn can't wait to start working with the defensive end.
Here are five things to know about Cominsky:
1. The making of the beast
When Cominsky first stepped foot onto the campus at the University of Charleston, he weighed around 215 pounds as a freshman. When he left four years later, he was 285 pounds. Here's a look at Cominsky before he turned into the physical freak he is now:
2. Trained with a former Falcons' assistant coach
To get ready for the NFL Combine and continue to develop his skills as a defensive end, Cominsky trained with former Falcons' defensive line coach, Bryan Cox who was on Dan Quinn's staff for the 2015-16 seasons.
3. Little Caesars love
In order to gain the necessary weight while on a tight college budget, Cominsky resorted to Little Caesars pepperoni pizzas that gave him the 2,000 calories he needed. Who doesn't love a Little Caesars pizza?
4. University of Charleston pride
Cominsky is the first player to be drafted out of the University of Charleston since 1943 when Veril Adams was selected the 31st round, the No. 291 overall pick. It's safe to say he'll earn a spot in the University of Charleston Hall of Fame, right?
5. One of Barberton's finest
John Cominsky hails from the same town, Barberton, Ohio, as the legendary college football coach, Bo Schembechler. It's also the same hometown as the late Thomas Dimitroff, Sr., the father of the Falcons general manager. A small city next to Akron that's considered the "rubber capital of the world" to many.