Photo of Nick Mullens
Grade
4.83 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 187LBS. Weight

Overview

Like many talented signal-callers, Mullens got thrown into the fire early in his career after excelling in high school (he was Alabama's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012). Unlike others, he broke many school records, even some of those owned by Hall of Famer Brett Favre. He started six times as a true freshman, learning the ropes (1,776 yards, 13 TD, 14 INT, 49.3 completion pct) while the team went 1-5 in those games. Mullens started 10 games the following year, missing two with a foot injury, and his efficiency improved (2,470 yards, 12 TD, 9 INT, 59.7 completion pct) but the team failed to go to a bowl game. Finally, everything came together in 2015; he completed 63.5 percent of his 521 passes for 4,476 yards, 38 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. He was the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and a second-team all-conference pick (behind league MVP Brandon Doughty from Western Kentucky). Though he missed two games with an injury this fall and was only an honorable mention selection by league coaches (3,272 yards, 24 TD, 11 INT, 63.3 completion pct), Mullens led his team to a bowl win in his final game. Mullens also showed great toughness by playing through an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand where a bone popped through his skin. He came back to play in that game, and played with a glove going forward until it healed sufficiently.

Analysis

Strengths

Good foot quickness in the pocket. Can go from play-action to pass-ready quickly. Able to bounce around and find slivers of space to cut it loose when pressure descends. Can make expedited throws from off-balance angles and hit his targets. Capable in controlled passing attack with tight release. Throws with quality touch. Exceptional toughness. Had training staff "push the bone back in" and stitch up a compound fracture in his thumb against Texas-San Antonio so he could finish the game.

Weaknesses

Well below NFL norm for size. Small frame unlikely to ever carry desired mass. Lacks NFL-caliber arm to push the ball down the field and drive it between the hashes without defensive backs making plays on the ball. Will opt out of throwing from balanced platform and into back foot tosses. Doesn't bring his lower body through his throws to maximize velocity. Floats throws to field side and in the deep middle. Needs to get ball out earlier to compensate for a lack of arm.

Draft Projection

UDFA

Bottom Line

Mullens is a productive college quarterback with good competitiveness and toughness, but lacking the minimum standards of size and arm strength. Mullens could make it into camp, but is unlikely to find a spot on a roster.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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