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2019 NFL Draft: Immediate reactions, grades to Raiders selection of Trayvon Mullen

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With the 40th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen. How does the staff at Silver & Black Pride feel about the pick?

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After trading the 35th overall pick to the Jaguars, the Raiders traded again with the Bills for the 40th and 158th overall picks. Finally at pick 40, Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock kicked off their second day selecting Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen . How does the staff at Silver & Black Pride view the pick?

Tyler Green

Mike Mayock attended the National Championship game between Clemson and Alabama and so far, three of his four picks played in that game, with Mullen being selected the defensive MVP. He has great size at 6’1”, and also runs a 4.4 40-yard dash so he fits nicely into the bigger mold of cornerbacks that defensive coordinator Paul Guenther prizes. Mullen doesn’t have many holes in his game, and he wasn’t targeted often at Clemson because his receiver was usually covered. This pick is a great value considering the Raiders were able to trade back twice and pick up high fourth and fifth round picks

Grade: A

BD Williams

Mullen is a cerebral player who like the other draft picks so far shows great physicality both in press coverage and as a tackler. He made his share of outstanding plays in the college football playoff both in coverage and as a blitzer. He has great length and athleticism for the position. There are a couple technique issues on tape he’ll need to work on to become a full time starter opposite Conley but his play on the ball and awareness are very god. That being said, there are a lot of really good players still left on the board. Mullen could have a hard time living up to his draft stock when it’s all said and done.

Grade: B-

Marcus Krause

The performance that Trayvon Mullen put in for the Clemson Tigers in their Championship victory against Alabama makes me extremely excited for this pick. Not everyone is in love with what Mullen brings to the field because of never really meeting the full potential of his athletic abilities, but there is a ton to work with for the Raiders. The guy is an absolute beast of an athlete who is plenty tall enough at 6’1 with great leaping ability. He is a guy that could turn out to be a steal if they can bring the best out of him, but that also means the dreaded word of “potential”. Either way, I like the pick as a need filler and high ceiling player.

Grade: B

Levi Damien

Wow, that National Championship game had a pretty big impact on the Raiders brass. Three of their first four picks played in that game, two from the National Champion Clemson Tigers. I’m not crazy about this pick. Primarily because I don’t see cornerback as a major need. I don’t hate it, because Mullen has a lot of strong qualities including having great size (6-1) and allowing a career passer rating of just 51.1. Though he also didn’t have an interception last season, he had a huge one in the National Championship game to earn Defensive MVP. Helping matters as well was they traded down twice from 35 to 38 and then to 40, picking up a 4th round pick (109) and swapping 5th round picks 140 for 158.

Grade: B+