2019 #40 Oakland Raiders - Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
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OUTLOOK: For all of the hype that Clemson's dominant defensive line earned throughout the Tigers' run to their second national title in the past three years, it was Mullen who took home Defensive MVP honors, collecting six tackles, an interception and a forced fumble before announcing his intent to forgo his senior season and head directly to the NFL. It isn't a surprising ascent for Mullen, who signed with Dabo Swinney and the Tigers as one of the most highly touted preps in the entire country and a consensus four-star recruit of the talent-rich state of Florida. He saw action as a true freshman, recording 15 tackles and one pass broken up while playing as a reserve in 13 games before winning the starting job as a sophomore. Mullen quickly emerged as one of the better cornerbacks in the ACC in his second year on campus, earning Third Team all-conference honors with 42 stops, seven pass breakups and three interceptions before jumping to Second Team All-American in 2018 with 37 tackles (including four for loss and two sacks), as well as five passes broken up and the interception of Tua Tagovailoa in the title game). Scouts can check a lot of boxes with Mullen, whose upside could warrant top 50 consideration for some. Coverage is a lot easier when playing behind a dominant defensive line, however, so there could be some growing pains.