Jeremy Chinn 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
Jeremy Chinn is a safety out of Southern Illinois, and most scouts believe he’s got the potential to become a starter for whichever team selects him in the 2020 NFL Draft. Chinn had some injury issues in high school and early college, but was able to showcase his NFL-level skillset quite well during his four seasons as a Saluki.
College Career: Chinn didn’t get a ton of high-level exposure coming out of high school since he was injured during his junior season, but he gained the attention of SIU as a senior and wound up with the Salukis. After fighting off the injury bug once again at the beginning of his freshman season in college, Chinn began to blossom and started the final six games of that year.
Chinn managed First Team All-MVFC honors in both his junior and senior years, making consensus All-American in 2019. During his career at Southern Illinois, Chinn put up 243 tackles, 13 interceptions, 31 pass defenses and six forced fumbles.
Strengths: Chinn is an enticing NFL prospect with nice speed, size and athletic gifts. He’s fast enough to close in on sharp angles, and strong enough to muscle a ball-carrier to the sideline. Chinn is disruptive at the point of a catch, and displays quality footwork when attacking the football. His patience and opportunistic play lead him to ample shots at poking the football away from a runner’s grasp, and that results in a lot of turnover opportunities for the defense.
Weaknesses: Chinn needs some work on the intricacies of his football IQ; he’s not as instinctive as some other defensive backs, and his eyes sometimes guide him to the wrong spots on the field. In the NFL, Chinn will see complex combo routes and he needs to learn to digest the information quickly so he can make the right plays. Some scouts have noticed Chinn pulling away from deep coverage when faked out with bait routes, so he’ll likely need some additional coaching and study in order to become a successful NFL starter.
Possible Fits: Chinn will likely begin to enter NFL teams’ considerations in the early-to-mid second round of the draft. Dallas is sitting at No. 19 in that second round (No. 51 overall), and most pundits believe this will be a defense-heavy draft for the Cowboys. Chinn could land in that spot and become a great piece for a rebuilding defense.
If the Bears are looking at defensive backs in the second round, Chinn could go one slot earlier at No. 50 overall. Chicago has a few pressing needs in this draft (offensive playmakers specifically), but they’ll take a hard look at Chinn if he’s still there. With a little development and coaching, Chinn should be able to succeed at the NFL level wherever he goes.