Barberton native John Cominsky shines at NFL Combine

Charleston defensive lineman John Cominsky runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Every year during the NFL Draft process, a small school prospect comes along and impresses the scouts and football executives when given the opportunity on a larger stage than what he played on.

For Charleston defensive end John Cominsky, he’s been given and has made the most of that opportunity so far in 2019.

Five years ago, he was the quarterback for Barberton High School and wasn’t offered a scholarship until the University of Charleston came calling. He was 6’4 and 205 pounds when he went there and the school didn’t know exactly where he would fit.

Fast forward to 2019, Cominsky transformed into a 6’5, 286 lb. monster on the defensive line for the Division II school, earning All-American and Academic All-American honors while also earning the MEC Defensive Player of the Year with 67 tackles (16.5 for a loss), 10 QB hits, 3 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in nine games.

Cominsky earned a Senior Bowl invite for his first opportunity to show what he could in front of all 32 NFL teams. His performance there earned him an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine.

He worked out on Sunday with the defensive line group and Cominsky did not disappoint and probably wowed some people as well with his performance.

  • 4.69 40-yard dash (3rd among DL)
  • 33.5 inch vertical (tied for 7th among DL)
  • 9’8″ broad jump (tied for 7th among DL)
  • 7.03 3-Cone (3rd among DL)
  • 4.38 Shuttle (9th among DL)

Kent Lee Platte, who created RAS (Relative Athletic Score) tweeted that Cominsky posted a top 30 all-time score with his workout (data goes back to 1987).


With his size and athleticism, I think he can definitley play at either defensive end or defensive tackle at the next level, ultimatley it’ll come down to where NFL teams see him as the better fit.

Cleveland needs to upgrade the defensive line not only with potential starters but also in depth. Outside of Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi, there is a definite need to inject some talent upfront.

With a stacked defensive line class in this draft, it wouldn’t hurt for John Dorsey to use multiple picks in this draft to add to it and Cominsky could definitely be a steal in the middle rounds. ranks Cominsky as the 20th defensive end in the 2019 draft as a projected sixth round pick but if he teams take notice of what he’s been showing them on the field during the Senior Bowl and his combine workout, his stock may start going up as we get closer to the draft.

Cominsky will get another opportunity to showcase his talent to coaches and scouts when he’ll particpate at Marshall’s pro day in a couple weeks.

If you like the small school, underdog story in the NFL Draft, Cominsky is one of those for 2019.


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