NAME: Trayvon Mullen
JERSEY: No. 1
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 190 lbs
Playing behind one of the College Football’s best front sevens, Mullen is part of a veteran Clemson secondary primed to feast on desperate throws from pressured opposing quarterbacks. Given some of the inconsistencies from his fellow cornerbacks on the roster, Mullen is likely to fill the No. 1 corner role and tasked with lining up against opposing team’s top target on a weekly basis.
Mullen is a long and physical corner that functions best in press and zone coverage. It’s those techniques where his physicality, length and ability to read the backfield are accentuated. Mullen plays up to his frame in terms of play strength and assertiveness as a tackler and in coverage. He flashes moments of outstanding ball skills and his long arms allow for recovery and margin of error.
The concerns I have with Mullen are a lack of ideal short area quickness, recovery speed and tight hips. His ability to turn and run in man coverage and remain in phase can be problematic. On account of those shortcomings, Mullen is extremely grabby and has a tendency to arrive off-schedule at the catch point. Mullen thrives playing closer to the line of scrimmage when he is able to use his play strength and physicality in the legal contact window. A move to safety or a scheme-specific label appear likely when projection Mullen to the NFL as it stands.
Mullen is an intriguing prospect with appealing physical traits that are useful in today’s NFL. He has a big opportunity ahead of him as a junior to showcase improvements while building on his strengths to improve his draft stock. Mullen can easily find himself as an ascending prospect with growth in his junior season.