David Igono’s RSP Film Room CB Trayvon Mullen (Clemson)​: Dads, Swings, ​and Sidelines


RSP contributor David Igono showcases the patience and awareness of 2019 NFL Draft prospect CB Trayvon Mullen of Clemson in press coverage. 

Press coverage at the line of scrimmage can be a calculated gamble that savvy cornerbacks can win with patience and awareness.

Trayvon Mullen of Clemson has solid footwork mainly because he understands coverage and he patiently waits for receivers to declare their intentions first. One of the toughest lessons to learn in press man coverage is getting comfortable waiting for the receiver to give you a clue as to what route he’s attempting to run.

In the first clip, Mullen is at the top of the screen with an inside shade on the wideout. He’s effectively daring his opposite number to cross his face and run an inside breaking route. Because Mullen is patient he can run his receiver right into triple coverage. Between Mullen’s coverage, the safety playing over the top and the sideline, it’s going to take an inch-perfect throw to complete a pass to this receiver.

Animated GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Playing press coverage is a lot like a dad pushing his child on a swingset. He can’t push too hard. He has to time when he pushes with how fast the kid is already going. And he has to be on time. The second clip illustrates Mullen’s ability to measure time and then pin his receiver on the sideline (top of the screen).

Animated GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Being on time in press coverage is an advanced yet subtle skill. It allows defensive backs to keep their balance while maintaining proper route leverage on their assignment. Baseline speed and measurables are prerequisites to a certain degree. It’s the nuances of time and space that separate good coverage from sheer athleticism.

Animated GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), get the 2019  Rookie Scouting Portfolio. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge.

Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each. You can pre-order the 2019 RSP now through December 28 and get a 10 percent discount.

Categories: 2019 NFL Draft, David Igono RSP, Defensive Back, Matt Waldman, PlayersTags: , , , ,

1 comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: