It’s all hands on deck for the Cowboys as they try to guarantee there’s no slump at the cornerback position by adding another former top pick to the depth chart.
FRISCO, TX – Anthony Brown’s early season loss to an Achilles injury only worsened the situation at cornerback, with Jordan Lewis (another starting cornerback) missing in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions due to a lizfranc injury. To try and help solve the problem, the Dallas Cowboys have placed Trayvon Mullen on waivers to prepare for Trayvon Lawrence.
Mullen was waived by the struggling Arizona Cardinals this week and as such will immediately go on the active roster in Dallas.
With two roster spots vacated by Tuesday’s decision to move both Terrence Steele (knee) and Johnathan Hankins (shoulder/pec) to injured reserve, no corresponding move was required. And, for those who appreciate it, there’s an open seat for eight-time Pro Bowl sensation Tyron Smith (even in addition to TT Hilton) as he returns to the mix to battle the Jaguars.
But, as for the defensive backfield, Mullen landed in Dallas a week after the club added Mackenzie Alexander to its practice squad — two former second-round picks now suiting up for Dan Quinn and Mike McCarthy.
Standing at 6-foot-2 and running a 4.47-second 40-yard dash (at his 2019 NFL Combine Sprint), Mullen is a tall cornerback who could fit well with what Quinn likes to do. Wise. The 25-year-old, who earned honors from Clemson as a two-time national champion and CFP National Championship Game Defensive MVP (2019), has youth and talent on his side.
By the way, Alexander is a Clemson product.
Mullen entered the CB class with first-team All-Pro Trevon Diggs title, but also with the youth [another former second-round pick in] Kelvin Joseph joins rookie fifth-round pick Darron Bland in an attempt to complement Diggs’ play. It could be with Nahshon Wright and Israel Mukuamu (flexible).
Mullen logged 26 starts in his first two seasons with the Flyers (3 INTs, 24 pass break ups in that time span) before eventually landing with the Cardinals in a trade in 2022, but he couldn’t crack the starting rotation in Arizona.
Now he has a shot at establishing himself in Dallas.