Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
6’1”, 199 pounds
4.46 40-yard dash
34.5-inch vertical jump
123-inch broad jump
7-reps bench press
2016: 6 games, 17 tackles, 1 pass deflection
2017: 13 games, 40 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 pass deflections
2018: 13 games, 36 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 interceptions
2018 Second team All-ACC
2018 National Championship game: Defensive player of the game
Mullen is a long and physical press corner with a great combination of size and speed. His best traits include his ability in man coverage and his willingness as a tackler in run support.
One stat that jumps off the page about Mullen is that in 32 career games at Clemson he allowed zero touchdowns and less than 300 yards receiving. Quarterbacks had a passer rating of 51.1 when targeting his receiver.
#Raiders 2nd round pick CB Trayvon Mullen did not allow a touchdown in coverage his entire college career - 0 TDs allowed in 801 coverage snaps over three seasons at Clemson ☠️ #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/RzxavopJNY— PFF OAK Raiders (@PFF_Raiders) April 29, 2019
He shows some inconsistencies in his transitions due to the poor footwork. Some scouts describe his footwork as awkward, hoppy, jumpy, and inefficient. Despite his abilities this is an area that will need to be cleaned up in order to reach his full potential.
NFL analyst Lance Zierlein, says “Mullen can be a little inconsistent in anticipating route breaks, which can open small throwing windows.” Mullen will need to improve his awareness and instincts, he tends to react rather than anticipate.
Fit with Raiders
There’s no doubt Mullen will have success early in his career as a press corner. Mullen fits the bill for the type of player that Gruden and Mayock were seeking in this years draft. The theme among the 2019 class is high character guys, who are tough, physical, love the game, and had production at the college level. While his length, press man coverage and tackling in run support are the qualities Paul Guenther looks for in his corners.
Mullen may need a couple of years to develop in the areas where he struggles. He is by no means a finished product. Current starters are Daryl Worley and Gareon Conley. Mullen will compete for playing time along with newly added Nevin Lawson, and fellow rookie Isaiah Johnson. Conley and Worley have not been the most durable players, if the injury bug strikes again, Mullen could be thrust into action sooner rather than later.