Breakdown: Badger DE Commit Isaiah Mullens

Wisconsin landed a commitment from three-star defensive end Isaiah Mullens Tuesday evening. What are the Badgers getting in the Ohio lineman?

http://www.scout.com/player/206191-isaiah-mullens?s=73

WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? 

First off, Isaiah Mullens has a Big Ten body type right now and once he goes through the great strength and conditioning program at Wisconsin that will only get better. He has a great frame and can easily add 25-pounds of muscle if that's what they want from him. Mullens will more than likely play strong side defensive end, but a move inside to tackle is not out of the question. With his frame, he could probably be a heck of an offensive left tackle, so there's plenty to work with from a coaching standpoint. The length, agility and quick feet will serve him well no matter where he plays for the Badgers. 

WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? 

This is a kid that plays against very poor competition and is extremely raw as a prospect. His technique needs refined and there is much development that needs to happen over the next few years. I believe a redshirt year would be perfect to give Mullens the time he needs to learn the game and adjust to the level of competition he's going to face. Right now, he would be considered a project but with his great physical skills this is a player with the highest of upside. They will need to be patient with him and not force him on to the field too soon, but the reward could be amazing. 

WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? 

By all accounts, Isaiah Mullens is a hard working kid that really wants to get better. I felt it was imperative he choose a program with the reputation of developing players to the fullest over four and five years, which Wisconsin certainly has. This is a perfect fit in terms of player and program. This just might end up being a story that ends with Isaiah Mullens leaving Wisconsin as an All Big Ten player, and a high NFL draft choice. He has the raw skills needed to accomplish such a feat, and now it's all about how hard he will work and how much time he will invest in being great. 


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