Trayvon Mullen feels like he is the best cornerback in the NFL Draft.
“I feel like I can be a first-round corner or maybe even the first corner off the board,” he said. “It is about my preparation and how I prepare myself.”
If a team looks back at the national championship game, they will see why Mullen feels that way. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native earned Defensive MVP honors in the Tigers’ 44-16 victory over Alabama.
Besides picking off a pass and returning it 46 yards to set up a Clemson touchdown in the title game, he also had six tackles, one sack and forced a fumble. It was that kind of performance that told Mullen he was ready for the NFL.
“I feel like I have separated myself by being able to compete well and do drills well and be mentally focused and prepared for the next level,” he said.
A lot of people outside of Clemson do not know much about Mullen. He quietly had a great career at Clemson. But like most on the defensive side of the ball, he was overshadowed by the Tigers’ dominant defensive line.
Everyone knew Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant. Those four always seemed to be in the backfield busting up plays.
“Those guys got a lot of great attention, which they earned. I just try to do what I can do, and I try to be the best me that I can be. I was not too worried about that,” Mullen said.
However, Mullen is a good player, too, and he is likely going to be a mid-to-late first-round or second-round pick.
“He is a great player,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “What I love about Trayvon is that he is a committed leader. He is as committed to doing what you have to do to be a great player and he loves it.
“He loves accountability. He loves team, and he certainly has all the tools to be a great corner.”
Mullen finished the season with 36 tackles, two sacks, four tackles for loss, an interception and three passes defended. He was so good, opposing quarterbacks did not like throwing the ball in his direction.
“I would have loved to have had him for one more year, but he is going to do well,” Swinney said. “He will be drafted early. I would love to see him get somewhere in the first round. If not, he will be an early pick and in one of those first two rounds for sure.”
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