The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Jeremy Chinn 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 6-foot-3, 221 pounds
2019 stats: 8 total tackles, 1 interception (vs. FBS schools)
Chinn had a very good high school career, but fell below the radar of FBS college football teams. He chose to go to Southern Illinois for his college career and was able to become a solid safety prospect.
As a freshman, Chinn was named First-Team freshman All-American by Hero Sports. The Salukis were only able to win four games that season. In 2017, when Chinn was a sophomore, Southern Illinois won four games again. Chinn’s play had him named to All-MVFC Second-Team. As a junior in 2018, Chinn was a First-Team All-MVFC performer, but the team had just two wins. For Chinn’s senior season, he was an All-American and the team won seven games, which included a win over FBS-level UMass.
Chinn is one of the few FCS prospects that has generated some buzz in the 2020 NFL Draft. While he may not be selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, he will likely be selected in round two or three.
Chinn has the size to play in the NFL, which isn’t always normal for players coming from smaller schools. At 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds, he has great size for a safety. His size is good enough that he can play linebacker in sub packages. Chinn also has great length with 32 and 1/8 inch arms, which should allow him to contest a lot of passes.
For his size, Chinn has great athleticism. It was on display on tape, but he was also playing against lesser competition in most games. The athleticism showed up at the NFL Combine though as well. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash and had a vertical leap of 41 inches. His size and athletic traits will make him fit into the NFL even if he hasn’t played the toughest competition.
At Southern Illinois, Chinn displayed great ball skills. He had plenty of interceptions and passes defended in his career. His speed allows him to stay with his man or to have good range in zone. Chinn’s arm length allows him to make plays on balls that other players wouldn’t be able to get to. Ball skills usually translate to all levels.
Chinn did not have the opportunity to play the toughest schedule because he was at an FCS school. Most of his competition won’t be playing in the NFL. This leaves less good tape than other prospects have. The good news for Chinn is that he did play solidly when the competition did get tougher.
His straight-line speed is good for the NFL, but his quickness and agility are lacking. If he has to change directions or get up to speed at a faster rate, he falls bellow the NFL average. This could make things tough if he needs to cover players in tight windows or if he is trying to tackle a ball carrier who is shifty. He has tight hips, which doesn’t help in these areas.
He needs to be more aware of the field, because as it currently stands, it appears he has below-average football IQ. Chinn can lose people when he is in deep zone coverage. He can also be fooled by double-moves and can have a tough time diagnosing plays. An NFL defensive coordinator will have to work with him to get him to improve in this area.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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