Tim Mullin: 2023 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Tim Mullin
School: Western Colorado University
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My goal was to help my team win a second consecutive conference championship. Unfortunately, we came up short, finishing at 7-4 and taking second place in our league. We were a bottom-of-the-pack, 1-10 caliber football team when I came to Western. This was unacceptable, and my teammates and I knew something had to change. Fast forward to our 2021 season, we went 10-1 in regular season play and hosted a playoff game. This was uncharted territory for Western football. Leaving Western with an unsatisfied team with a 7-4 year lets me know that we changed the culture and hopefully left a lasting impact for years to come. It was my goal to be an all-American. While this did not happen, I know it wasn’t because I didn’t do the work. There are always things that I can and can’t control, and after battling through a few injuries throughout my senior year, I know that I controlled what I could. I still earned all-conference honorable mention recognition, and I am thankful for that.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would all agree that no player on the team will outwork me, on and off the field. No player will consistently beat me, whether running to the ball or running sprints. The mountaineer personality is “tough, hard-nosed, aggressive, fundamental football played with fanatical effort for as long as it takes to win and leave no doubt”. My coaches and teammates would say that I am an accurate personification of that.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
I am a student of the game and treat film as a necessary step to competing at my highest level. As a defensive back, I understand offensive tendencies as well as anyone on the defense. General tendencies that I look for are down and distance tendencies, as well as tendencies by formation. For example, if a team throws on first, they typically run on second. Or a team has a high run tendency out of a certain personnel and formation. Next, I look at what route combinations they like and when they want them. What play does a team run when they need a play, and who is the guy they target? Red zone tendencies typically change with teams, so seeing what they like on that end of the field is essential. Once I have a good grasp of offensive tendencies, I pause before each play and, using the tendencies I’ve observed; I call out what play I think they will run. Once the tape starts rolling, I like to picture myself in that play and what I would do based on our defensive game plan. I then envision myself making the play.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I am a converted linebacker at the safety position. I have become a solid man and zone coverage safety throughout my collegiate career, but I hang my hat on my physicality. If I have opportunities to blitz/add-on or help with the run game, I can be a vital asset aside from my ability to help in passing situations. My strength is in my motor and ability to consistently beat other defenders to the ball, get off blocks, and often make plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
As I prepare for professional opportunities, I’ve set up a strict training regimen with my resources at WCU while I finish my master’s degree. These resources include strength and conditioning coaches, position coaches, and mental coaches. In addition, I was able to showcase my skills at the CSU Pueblo pro-day. Currently I am staying ready for an opportunity.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My strengths and abilities on the field are being a fundamentally sound football player who will provide a spark and set the tone for the type of defense we are. I will always play “full speed nasty”, as my defensive coordinator likes to put it, and set the standard for the type of play as a defense. My strength off the field is my integrity. My life is consistent on and off the field. If I do something, I’m going to do it right. My teammates saw this, so I was honored to represent the team as a captain for my last two seasons. The relationships that come with the game of football go beyond the field. In my eyes, relationships with teammates and coaches are above the x’s and o’s and personal accolades. This translates to putting my body and soul on the line for them on and off the field. My integrity and love for my brothers translate into my leadership strength. To lead from the front and to show my teammates, not tell them.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
If I am blessed with a professional opportunity, I am confident in my ability to help the team on the field. I am the type of player that can help build a winning culture by showing my teammates and coaches that winning doesn’t happen on the field but off. The work put in during the offseason translates to success on the field. I have the physical attributes (i.e., strength, speed, and athleticism) to help the team on the field by making impact plays and doing so “for as long as it takes to win”. If a team may be willing to invest in me, I am confident I can return the investment.