April 10, 2016
18.) Trayvon Mullen - Clemson, CB, FL, 6’2” 170-Pounds
Mullen was a consensus 4 Star, (ESPN ranked him 18th overall and the #2 CB in the nation) and a much needed addition to a Clemson defense that lost All-American CB Mackensie Alexander to the NFL draft, and Adrain Baker to an ACL tear.
The talented 4-star form Coconut Creek, Florida has a great opportunity to earn a starting spot opposite Senior CB Cordrea Tankersley. Mullen’s main competition would have been Adrian Baker, who snagged two interceptions last season and knocked down three passes, but he tore his ACL, missed Spring ball and may miss the entire year. That means that it is down to Mullen or former 4-star recruit Mark Fields (sophomore, 5'11" 190) to man the field corner position this season and my money is on Mullen to eventually win this battle before the season is over.
The only thing that gives me pause about Mullen's chances and why I didn't rank him in the top ten is his frame. He's a tall fluid corner but he's a little light at 170 pounds stretched out over six feet and two inches. This is problematic as he figures to play the field corner position, and that means he will have to come up in run support and sometimes set the edge. Mullen is a pure cover corner, one of the best in this class, but he doesn't have a reputation as a hitter. Nevertheless, the young 4 star can shut down bigger receivers at the line and run with anyone. Plus I except the Clemson training staff to have Mullen in the weight room and filling his plates in the cafeteria.
Mullen has a golden opportunity to step into a void for a defensive system that fits his skill set as a true freshman. It's not really a question of if more so than a question of when Mullen will see the field for the '16 Tigers.