Atlanta Falcons get faster in the fourth round
Fast and physical. This is the motto for Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. The Falcons definitely got faster in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Atlanta Falcons moved up six spots and selected former Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield. In 2018, Sheffield was considered to be the fastest player in college football, allegedly running a 4.32 40-yard dash at Ohio State. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to prove it at the combine, as he suffered a torn pec muscle while attempting the bench press at the combine.
Kendall Sheffield Overview via NFL.com
"Inconsistent outside cornerback prospect with rare speed and explosiveness, but lacking the ball skills and instincts of an NFL cornerback. Sheffield has the twitch for ball production underneath and the long speed to handle vertical workers, but his inconsistency to find and play the football once it comes out of the quarterback’s hands is problematic. Relative to his fluctuating career, his ceiling is fairly high thanks to his speed and explosiveness, but he needs to prove he’s more than just a fast guy."
Sheffield will have a chance to come in and compete for the spot vacated by former CB Brian Poole. The Falcons currently have four corners on the roster – Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Taveze Calhoun. It is assumed that strong safety Damontae Kazee will also get a chance to be the teams nickel corner as well after his 2018 campaign.
The Falcons would later swap picks 135 and 137 as well as give the Raiders their seventh round pick (230th overall) to move up two spots and take DE John Cominsky out of Charleston. The 6’5 290 pound defensive end ran a 4.69 40 at the 2019 NFL combine. While Comimsky is not expected to contend for a starting role, he does add depth to a position where the Falcons are paper thin.
John Cominsky’s Overview via NFL.com
"The one-time option quarterback should be able to impress with his athletic testing during postseason workouts, but he still needs to keep adding play strength to be ready to handle NFL offensive linemen. Cominsky is built like a 3-4 defensive end and flashes potential to handle those types of run duties down the road. However, without more threat as a pass rusher, his NFL potential could be limited."
The former Division II QB, put on nearly 80 pounds in college and was the 2018 MEC defensive player of the year. He is the schools the first NFL draft pick in 76 years of football.
The Falcons still have three remaining picks in the 2019 NFL draft:
- Fifth Round: 152nd and 172nd
- Sixth Round: 203rd