- AProjectionRound 2
- Hand9 ⅛
Strong Points: Tall with long arms. Good-to-very-good athlete -- quick feet and turns quickly. Solid in transition. Very effective press-cover man -- strong jam, gets in his opponents hip pocket and mirrors. Good zone and off player. Nice ball reactions and consistent hands. Very good in run support -- takes on and sheds quickly, and sure tackler who hits and wraps.
Weak Points: INT production dropped in 2018, but teams didn't go at him as much. Little bit of tightness in his hips but still turns quickly. Must become a bit more consistent in off coverage, where he is OK, but there is room for improvement. Gets a little tall with his pedal.
The Way We See It: NFL clubs covet tall corners, and Mullen fills the bill, with length, height and athleticism. He was a two-year starter at Clemson, consistently producing vs. both the run and pass. Best in press but fully capable in zone and off, he simply needs to be more consistent in off and not give so much ground. Mullen enjoys mixing it up in press and is very consistent getting off blocks and tackling in run support. A solid matchup weapon vs. tall receivers, Mullen has the talent to play on Day 1 in any predominantly man defense. How he tests will have a lot to do with where he gets selected. Though we currently project Mullen in Round 2, he's a rise candidate, if he tests well.