Trayvon Mullen

Raiders Place CBs Trayvon Mullen, Damon Arnette On IR

Injuries are set to deplete the Raiders’ cornerback group. Las Vegas will be without Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette for at least the next three games, with both having been placed on IR Saturday.

A foot injury left Mullen sidelined this week, while Arnette is dealing with a groin issue. The Raiders ruled both out for Week 5. This stalls a nice start for Mullen. For Arnette, this represents another setback in an underwhelming start to his career.

A second-round pick in 2019, Mullen became part of the Raiders’ Clemson-heavy draft that year. Mullen reprised his role as a starter this season, being a first-unit player in new DC Gus Bradley‘s defense. Pro Football Focus graded Mullen as a top-25 corner through four games, with the third-year defender joining Casey Hayward and Nate Hobbs in an atypically strong Raiders coverage corps.

One of this Raider regime’s surprise first-round picks, Arnette has not seen the field much in his second season. The Ohio State product has played just 60 defensive snaps through four games. While the Raiders tried him as a starter for much of his 2020 season, Arnette suffered a thumb injury during his rookie training camp and then aggravated the issue later. He played nine games last season. Thus far in 2021, Arnette has joined fellow Jon GrudenMike Mayock first-rounder Clelin Ferrell as a seldom-used backup.

The Raiders also activated running back Jalen Richard and cornerback Keisean Nixon from IR. Set to begin his sixth season with the Raiders, Richard returned to practice last week. It will be interesting to see how the Raiders use Richard, given Kenyan Drake‘s presence, but the shifty reserve’s re-emergence should at least help for depth purposes. Peyton Barber is set to miss time with turf toe.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Raiders Sign Round 2 CB Trayvon Mullen

The Raiders now have their Clemson contingent under contract. Hours after revealing they signed first-round pick Clelin Ferrell, the team announced second-round cornerback Trayvon Mullen agreed to terms.

Ferrell, Mullen and Hunter Renfrow comprised the Raiders’ Clemson group; the slot receiver had previously signed his rookie deal. Two Raiders picks remain unsigned, first-rounders Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram.

Mullen, the No. 40 overall pick, figures to factor in prominently among Oakland’s corners this season. Before leaving after his junior season, the 6-foot-1 defender started 26 games for the Tigers. He joins the likes of Gareon Conley, Daryl Worley, Nevin Lawson, fourth-round pick Isaiah Johnson and new slot corner Lamarcus Joyner as the primary coverage cogs for the Silver and Black.

A cousin of Lamar Jackson, Mullen was the fifth cornerback taken this year. He came off the board during a run of corners in the early part of the second round, which saw six corners go off the board between picks 33 and 46.

Here is a look at the Raiders’ 2019 draft class: