Lions land popular John Cominsky waiver request after Falcons release, report says

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Dale Zanine – USA TODAY Sports

While most free agency is over, all 32 NFL teams are still looking to make additions to their rosters. The Detroit Lions recently won an incredibly popular player on waivers, as general manager Brad Holmes used his top priority to claim former Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman John Cominsky. According to ESPNseven other teams in total attempted to claim him: the Commanders, Colts, Browns, Texans, Cardinals, Vikings and Bengals.

Cominsky was originally a Falcons 2019 fourth-round draft pick from the University of Charleston, a Division II school in West Virginia. He was a small-school prospect who got a lot of attention before the draft, and it was thought he might sneak into the third round, by NFL media. The defensive end played 27 games in three years with Atlanta, recording 41 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks and two passes defended.

Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell have prioritized acquiring the defensemen they like. In last year’s draft, Detroit passed three of the seven picks out of the first seven players. This year, the Lions have used four of their eight picks to sign either defensive linemen or linebackers in a class led by second overall pick Aidan Hutchinson. It might be difficult for Cominsky to carve out a role, but the Lions clearly see something in him, as do seven other teams.

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