Transitioning to a new position shouldn't be a problem for Commings. Not only did he see extensive time at safety while with the Bulldogs, he saw time as a traditional centerfielder in baseball, as well, earning the Arizona Diamondbacks' draft selection in the 37th round of the 2008 draft as a prep. Commings considered playing for Georgia's baseball team as late as 2010 but ultimately elected to stick with football. Perhaps not coincidentally, his playing time increased as did his focus on the gridiron.
Commings emerged as a nine game starter in 2010 as the Bulldogs transitioned from a 4-3 to 3-4 scheme. Requiring more size and physicality from their cornerbacks and having two solid starters at safety in Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams, Commings quickly emerged as a standout on the perimeter, registering 36 tackles and three interceptions.
Commings started all 14 games of the 2011 season, racking up 55 tackles, including four tackles for loss, 12 passes broken up and an interception to go along with both a forced and recovered fumble. He showed improved ball skills as a senior, catching three of the five passes defended in 2012 while also nearly matching his junior season's tackle numbers with 51 total stops despite missing the first two games due to a troubling suspension.
Measuring in shorter and heavier than listed at Georgia (6-2, 216), Commings may have to run well during workouts to remain at cornerback for some clubs. Regardless of where he ultimately lines up in an NFL secondary, Commings has the traits to stick.
Sneaks peeks at the quarterback throughout the route and has the body control to turn quickly, locate the ball and make a play on it, showing quickness and hand-eye coordination to either slap away passes or make the interception.
A bit inconsistent as a run defender but shows no hesitancy when on an island, fighting through blocks to keep his containment responsibilities and make the tackle when in position to do so. When others are in the area, he'll let them do the dirty work but will reach in to rip at the ball. Good late burst to recover when in pursuit and shows the strength to pull ball-carriers to the ground.
WEAKNESSES: Will be viewed by some as a classic 'tweener as Commings struggles at cornerback when not in press-man. Allows receivers to eat up the cushion when playing off and can get left in the dust on double-moves. Inconsistent technique and hustle in run support, allowing others to fight the pile. Has to show more lateral agility and flexibility in avoiding blockers when blitzing. Too easily contained by running backs. Character red-flag. Was suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season following a 2011 arrest on a domestic violence charge.
Compares to: Tanard Jackson, SS, Washington Redskins