Is Trayvon Mullen recruiting for the Las Vegas Raiders?
By Brad Weiss
The Las Vegas Raiders need help at the cornerback position entering 2020, and second-year corner Trayvon Mullen is doing his best at recruiting talent to join him.
Once Trayvon Mullen cracked the starting lineup for the Oakland Raiders last season, he showed the kind of ability that made the team draft him with their second round pick in 2019. A tremendous cover corner with CB1 written all over him, Mullen was a bright spot in a position group that struggled mightily last season.
This offseason, the Raiders figure to be very aggressive in free agency, as they holes on all three levels of their defense. Luckily for the Silver and Black, the cornerback group is strong in free agency this season, and moving into their new building, and new state (no state tax), the Raiders have an advantage in free agency they have not had in a while.
Looking at the list of free agent corners, there are Pro Bowlers available, including guys like Chris Harris Jr., Logan Ryan, and Byron Jones to name a few. Jones, who has been to the Pro Bowl the last two seasons, may be the odd man out in terms of getting a new contract in Dallas, and Mullen would like nothing more than for the Raiders to go out and get him.
First, the corner tweeted out to Jones, stating he wanted to get some work in.
Then came the next tweet, one that got Raiders fans very excited.
The Raiders have to address the cornerback spot via free agency, as Jones is one of a handful of excellent options opposite Mullen. If they can land one of the marquee free agents, and bring Daryl Worley back, the position group would be the strongest it has been in a very long time.
Las Vegas hold five selections in the top-91 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft as well, and could be in the market for one of the premier corners available as well. As we have seen, you can never have too much talent at this position, especially playing in a division that is home to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Safety Karl Joseph is entering free agency, but even if he does leave, the safety position is in much better shape than corner. Erik Harris played very well in 2019, and with Lamarcus Joyner moving back to safety, and Johnathan Abram coming back healthy, the Silver and Black could end up turning a major weakness into a strength when it comes to the defensive backfield.