Round 2: (No. 55) Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
When the Houston Texans take the field in September for Week 1, it will be with a mostly new cornerback group in the secondary. Longtime starter Kareem Jackson departed in free agency, and former first-round pick Kevin Johnson was released by the franchise. Both of these players have since signed with new teams, with Jackson going to the Denver Broncos and Johnson to the Buffalo Bills.
Houston still has yet to re-sign Kayvon Webster or Shareece Wright, their other two free agent corners, and there are no expectations that they will. Moves have been made to replace the departing or potentially departing players with the free agent signings of Bradley Roby and Briean Boddy-Calhoun. However, there are still at least two spots the Texans will be looking to fill, and with veteran Johnathan Joseph expected to retire after the season, Houston needs to build for the future and the 2019 NFL Draft is the perfect place to do so.
Trayvon Mullen out of Clemson could be just the young talent Houston is looking for. Texans General manager Brian Gaine said that they are looking to transform the secondary, wanting to get players that are bigger and faster than what they had at the position prior. Mullen checks both of those boxes for the boys down on Kirby.
Coming in at 6-1 and weighing just under 200 pounds, Mullen has the size needed to matchup against most opposing wide receivers in the NFL. He also posses the speed, running a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
A quick breakdown of film shows that Mullen likes to play physical, engaging with receivers at the line and staying nestled in their pocket for the majority of a route. He does stumble at times with footwork, getting tangled up during quick slant routes, but this can be coached up. Mullens was second-team All-ACC in his final season at Clemson, so raw skill is there.
Mullens should still be available at No. 55 overall, and his selection could be seen as a slight reach, but with the Texans next pick coming at No. 86 overall they should take note to draft him if available.