Weight: 195 lbs
Injury History: 2018: Ankle (No Missed Time)
Games Evaluated: 2018: Florida St., N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Duke, Wake Forest, Boston College
Scout: Cody Manning
His agility allows him to press at the LOS as he can either lock and trail or open up to run with his man.
He tends to play too high at times which makes his open his body too wide open for an easy release.
Deep Speed: 8.35
He is fast enough to keep up with is man on any deep routes. His length allows him to contest the ball.
He doesn't have great explosion when he is reacting to the throw. He can be a tad late and miss a play.
He can moves his legs laterally while keeping an eye on the quarterback. Doesn't get knocked off feet.
Coverage Ability: 7.60
Man Press: 8.25
He can be feisty at the LOS, doesn't allow an easy release. He also can turn and run side by side.
Man Off: 7.00
He can struggle with intermediate routes. He tends to allow easy catches to underneath slant routes.
He does a solid job at controlling his zone and understand his assignments. He can jump routes.
Hand Fighting: 8.25
He will get locked under the receiver's pads and get up underneath them. He does fight down the field.
Hips/Turn Ability: 7.25
He can open up too wide which allows easy inside slant releases for the quarterback to hit for the 1st.
Play Making: 6.75
Closing Quickness: 7.00
He doesn't always arrive on time. He does show flashes of his capability to close space to make a play.
Ball skills: 6.50
He doesn't get his hands on the ball as much as I would like. He gets in the way but doesn't look for it.
Route/play Diagnosis: 6.75
He can be delayed at reacting to routes that run underneath him. He allows some easy catches.
Run Support: 7.12
Quickness Upfield: 7.50
He can fly upfield and bust up a run or screen. He just needs to show more consistency to be a threat.
Fight Through Blocks: 6.00
He doesn't show enough effort to get through blocks to make the tackle. He can be easily blocked.
He does a great job at breaking down, opening up wide, then exploding and wrapping up the rusher.
He is a fighter when he is in coverage but doesn't show the consistent effort in run support. Still hits.
31 games, 87 tackles (62 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 7 pass deflections.
He needs to show that he will bring it every play regardless if he is involved or not. Biggest concern.
Shows delayed reactions when plays are developing right in front of him which results in an easy catch.
He looks like he understands route concepts when pressing but appears confused when sitting back.
He communicates well with his teammates presnap but doesn't always look to get dirty on some plays.
He does a great job at using his long athletic frame to his advantage. He can line up across receivers and give them problems releasing at the line of scrimmage. He will lock under their shoulders and drive them backwards. He can also open and get back into coverage. He can lock onto his man's hips and trail him on the route. He is a great tackler in the open field because of his tackling form is close to polished. He will breakdown, make himself wide, explode through, and wrap up to bring down the ball carrier. He also uses his body well to help block the space between his man and the quarterback. He does attempt to contest balls.
If he doesn't get a good jam or allows a release, he has his moments where he will open too much which allows him man to run a slant route for an easy catch and go. He also can show delayed reactions when he is in off coverage as he struggles with underneath routes or anything intermediate that is right in front of him. Even though he will jump for blocks and he has his long body, he doesn't get enough deflections. He really needs to work on his ball skills otherwise he won't help turn the ball over at the next level. He does need to show some consistency with his effort on certain plays.
Mullen is a cornerback prospect that has all the athletic tools that teams want at the next level. He shows the capabilities of being a corner on a defense that could help a unit on Sundays. He will be more effective as a rookie if he is in a scheme that demands more man coverage over zone. He can line up against all types of receivers because of his size and athleticism. He can fight with the big and tall players while going trailing speedsters that are trying to take the top off defenses. He is a fighter at the line of scrimmage and is difficult for receivers to get an easy release on him if he gets a good jab in. He does have his moments where his technique is off which allows easy routes and completions. His play recognition could also need some work because he can arrive just a tad too late at times, but he also has his flashes where he will jump routes and use his body to his advantage. As a rookie he should be able to come in and compete for a starting job. His athletic ability allows him to play right away at the next level, but his mental processing may be a concern. If he can’t read and react to plays at a faster rate, he could be suspect to giving up easy first downs or big plays as he develops as his first season progresses. Teams that love long and athletic corners will love this kid because he can be a great fit if he is able to show progress as he careers goes on. He has a high ceiling if he can work out some kinks and refine his craft for the next level. If he can, then by his third season he could end up being the best corner from this draft. His athleticism alone will allow him to at least be a contributor in a secondary but could be a cog for a defense if a team taps into his potential.