Draft Profile/Player Interview: John Cominsky

By Brady Spegal |
Draft Profile/Player Interview: John Cominsky

Have you ever heard of a 230lb defensive end?! Meet John Cominksy! John, who is much larger now (286lbs), arrived at Charleston University at just 230lbs his freshman year!  And, he's come a long way since.  It was a pleasure to speak to John.  Make sure to follow him on Twitter @here.  And, enjoy our interview and draft profile below.


Question: Could you give us a little background info on yourself? Where did you grow up? How did you get into football?

John Cominsky: “I grew up in Barberton, Ohio. It’s a small town outside of Akron. Always involved in sports. All friends were made through some kind of sport. Football was a must for me at age 6. I started flag football then and eventually got to tackle by age 8.”

Q: Who have been some of the greatest mentors in your football career?

JC: “My dad, Steve Cominsky, and my mom, Elizabeth Fisher, have been huge in my football career. My best friend, Corey Fox, has been my number one motivator, support, and backbone through it all. Now, my wife is my absolute number one mentor!.”

Q: Were you highly recruited out of HS? How did you end up where you did?

JC: “Charleston was my only offer coming out of high school, so it was a no-brainer decision. I wanted a football scholarship and they offered some dollars, so I was bought in to the program from that moment on.”

Q: If you weren’t pursuing a career chasing quarterbacks around the field on Sundays what would you be doing?

JC: “If I weren’t playing football I would be pursuing some graduate program. Perhaps, medical school or some other science related specialty”

(Editor's Note:  Love this.  Stereo-typically, college is just a minor stepping stone in a player's attempt to make it pro.  I love a kid who values his education!)

Q: What do you hope to show the 32 teams and NFL Scouts at the Combine in Indianapolis? 

JC: “I hope to show unmatched athleticism at my size. I want scouts to double take their papers after I run to make sure I am actually 285. Time to boost my draft stock and reputation.”

John Cominsky, DE, Charleston University (WV)

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Measurables: 6’5 286lbs  

Career Statistics: (4 years)

206 tackles

15.5 sacks

10 passes defended

48.5 tackles for loss

Combine Results:

4.69 40 Yard Dash

33.5-inch Vertical Jump

116.0-inch Broad Jump

Hands 9 ¾” inches

Arms 33 ½” inches


  • Work Ethic (Going from 230lb to 285lb is not something that happens overnight)
  • Good Run Defender
  • Gives 110% on ever down
  • Speed (4.69)


  • Leverage (sometimes tends to be to upright)
  • Competition (played at a small school)


  • It was an honor to speak with you John, and I wish you the best of luck in the 2019 NFL Draft and in your football career! I personally believe you have the best “draft story” in the 2019 NFL Draft and also have an amazing character which does matter and sometimes gets overlooked in the draft process.
  • Grade: 3rd / 4th round
  • Pro Comparison: Jabaal Sheard

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