The 2021 NFL Draft is now behind us, and that means teams across the NFL are in the process of piecing together their entire rosters.
The Las Vegas Raiders are likely no different before what could be a pivotal fourth season of the second Jon Gruden era.
That's why we'll be going over roster evaluations for the Raiders players and position groups to see how everyone's stock measures up heading into the summer.
If the Raiders defense expects to improve this season, the young defensive backs must to show necessary improvement.
Damon Arnette will be a part of that at cornerback, as will Trayvon Mullen.
The Raiders second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Mullen understood high expectations well, having been on two National Championship-winning teams at Clemson.
Mullen got off to a decent start in his rookie season, when he started 10 games, finishing with an interception and 10 pass breakups.
He was close to the middle of the pack when it came to Pro Football Focus' cornerback rankings, although he did allow a passer rating of 78.3 when targeted.
Unfortunately for Mullen, the 2020 season saw his advanced numbers regress heavily.
He started all 16 games and had two interceptions along with 14 pass breakups.
Mullen also allowed a passer rating nearly 20 points higher than his rookie season and was ranked as only the 82nd best corner in the league by PFF.
Mullen has the physical tools at 6-2 and 200 pounds to be a reliable cover man. Consistency, though, is something he still needs to work on.
If he can make those strides this season, he'll give the Raiders a legitimate option to work against their opponents' best outside receivers.
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