Falcons GM: Trading up to get Kendall Sheffield, John Cominsky necessary

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – When general manager Thomas Dimitroff saw cornerback Kendall Sheffield and defensive end John Cominsky on the board at the start of the fourth round on Saturday, he knew he was going to have to make some moves to ensure they would become Falcons.

Dimitroff promptly traded up twice in the fourth round to select Sheffield and Cominsky.

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“Both of those guys were guys that we weren’t sure where they were going to fall,” Dimitroff said. “Only because they both had elements of guys who weren’t shining in the main stream, but we knew there was a lot of heat on them coming into the draft.”

Sheffield, a cornerback with blazing speed, is still viewed as a raw prospect given that he only played two seasons at Ohio State, but his athleticism is so rare he’s someone the Falcons feel they can develop. Atlanta moved up six spots to No. 111 to snag Sheffield.

With a need to add more versatile defensive linemen, the Falcons didn’t want to miss out on drafting Cominsky so Dimitroff traded up two spots to get him at No. 135. Dan Quinn believes Cominsky can be used inside and outside and is a player who could have a strong upside.

Having played all of his snaps at the University of Charleston, a Division II school, and still fairly new to defensive end position, Cominsky is an intriguing prospect in several ways. His athleticism and strength are two traits Quinn identified as reasons he believes he could have a successful future.

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