The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on every player on Clemson’s summer depth chart. We will break down what the player does best, what he needs to work on, how he compares to other former players at his position and where he fits on the Clemson roster.
Player name: Trayvon Mullen (6-2, 195)
Player position: Cornerback (boundary side)
Years left of eligibility: 3 years
Current rank on depth chart: Second Team
Player productivity so far: Mullen is an athletic cornerback who has seen time on special teams and as a reserve on defense. In 2016, he posted 15 tackles in while playing in 13 games. Three of his stops came on special teams.
What player does best: Mullen is a tall defender who can get physical. He can also highpoint the football and seriously challenge tall wide receivers with his skill set. He has the size and athleticism at the position that Clemson covets in a cornerback.
What player needs to work on: Mullen has worked a lot on his one-on-one skills in man coverage. He is also still learning the facets of the game and is gaining a better understanding of the principals of the coverages, what position he is supposed to be in, the leverage and the technique he is supposed to use.
Productivity of former Clemson players at the position (first year and last):
Cordrea Tankersley, 2016: He had 65 tackles, including six tackles for loss. He also led the team with 11 pass breakups and was second with four interceptions. His interception in the fourth quarter of the ACC Championship game sealed the Tigers’ win. He had two interceptions in the game.
Mackensie Alexander, 2014: He had 22 tackles, including two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also had six passes broken up. Rarely did he have the ball thrown on him. Went the last 10 weeks of the season without allowing a touchdown pass thrown on him.
Mackensie Alexander, 2015: He had 30 tackles, including two tackles for loss. He also had six passes broken up. He was a shutdown corner and rarely did opposing quarterbacks throw to his side. He went the entire season (15 games) without giving up a touchdown pass.
Bashaud Breeland, 2012: He had 32 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. He had three passes broken up.
Bashaud Breeland, 2013: He had 74 tackles, including 5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 2 sacks. He also had a team-high 13 passes broken up and one quarterback pressure. He was tied for the team lead with 4 interceptions with a long of 29 yards.
What can you hope for? With Ryan Carter being a player who can play multiple positions, and will likely start as the nickel back as well, you hope Mullen comes into fall camp in August and shows he can be the guy at the boundary position and begins the year there.
What is a realistic expectation? It is realistic to believe Mullen can win the starting job. He has all the tools and skillset the Clemson coaching staff is looking for in a shutdown corner. As long as he gets his coverage concepts down, he should be fine.
What about the future? Mullen is the future for the Tigers at boundary corner, at least for the next two years. His size and physicality will give him the opportunity to become an All-American cornerback at Clemson.