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Raiders announce official signing of second-round pick Trayvon Mullen

Trayvon Mullen, Raiders

Earlier on Tuesday, the Oakland Raiders announced they had officially signed second-round cornerback Trayvon Mullen. No details about the deal have been announced yet.

Trayvon Mullen was selected 40th by the Raiders in the 2019 draft. Mullen appeared in 41 games and made 26 starts in his three-year career at Clemson. He totaled 93 tackles (68 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, one forced fumble and 12 passes defensed. He was named second-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and second-team All-ACC in 2018 while earning All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2017.

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Mullen is the cousin of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Coming out of high school, he was ranked as the second cornerback in his class by ESPN. Mullen joins a secondary that includes cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley, and safeties Karl Joseph and Lamarcus Joyner

In his final season with Clemson in 2018, Mullen logged 37 tackles (30), two sacks, one interception and four passes defensed in 15 games as a junior. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback also earned Defensive MVP honors after posting a season-high six tackles, one interception, one sack and one forced fumble in a win against Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Last season the Raiders had the 30th-ranked NFL defense by DVOA, as compiled by Football Outsiders. As a passing defense, Oakland allowed the 14th-most passing yards with 3,853, but it also allowed 36 passing touchdowns, the most of any team in the league.

Trayvon Mullen was the fourth player drafted by Oakland. The Raiders took defensive end Clelin Ferrell and running back Josh Jacobs fourth and 24th, and safety Johnathan Abram 27th. The picks that became Jacobs and Abram came from the trades that sent Kahlil Mack to the Chicago Bears, and Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys.

In order for Oakland’s rebuild to go as planned, all these players must contribute.

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