2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jeremy Chinn

Jeremy Chinn 2020 NFL Draft

In a rock-solid 2020 NFL Draft safety group that includes potential first-round picks in Grant Delpit (LSU) and Xavier McKinney (Alabama), the group becomes a little cloudy after the top two. With a majority of the class excelling in short zone coverage and run support, there is a tremendous need for true free safety types that can make splash plays when responsible for patrolling a larger area of space. With several small school playmakers asserting themselves in the 2020 NFL Draft class, Southern Illinois defensive back Jeremy Chinn presents a versatile coverage piece on the back-end at the next level. 

Standing at an imposing 6’3” and 211 pounds, Chinn is a body beautiful defensive back prospect. He possesses an impressive blend of athleticism that projects favorably to several defensive back roles-positions at the next level. With experience at both cornerback and safety while at Southern Illinois, Chinn has a patient approach both in man and zone coverage. With his impressive physical profile, his talent level is poised to assert himself near the top of the safety board. Now let’s go to the tape to see what we’re working with here!


Chinn is an impressively built athlete who transitions incredibly well for a defensive back of his length. The build might scream strong safety type, but his athletic profile will fit perfectly into a free safety role poised with more deep zone responsibilities. As a run defender, he has no issue throwing his weight around. Chinn possesses an impressive tackle radius to make a large number of plays outside of his frame. With surprising range in deep coverage, he can make a ton of plays working from the middle of the field to the sideline. Possessing outstanding hips for the position and a cornerback background, Chinn has the ability to play in man coverage against a variety of slot receivers and tight-ends. With the ability to play anywhere from the box, overhang or single-two deep zones, Jeremy Chinn has the opportunity to fill a variety of roles on the next level.


Similar to Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger, Southern Illinois defensive back Jeremy Chinn faces an uphill battle to transcend his level of competition while transitioning to the NFL level. That is a concern that will be met head-on next week at the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl. With some minor injury issues in the past, durability issues are going to be among the main talking points during the draft process. Chinn is a taller defensive back, and with that, some of his transitions can be a little clunky with his high cut frame. NFL teams will attempt to discover Chinn’s best trait early on due to possessing a tweener strong-free safety skill set.


Jeremy Chinn has the goods! It would not surprise me one bit to hear his name called somewhere on day two of the 2020 NFL Draft. With his combination of size, length and coverage versatility, he stands a good shot at being an impact defensive back early on in his career. He has a couple of huge opportunities coming soon with the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl and hopefully a combine invite. With a good showing, he could vault to near the top of the 2020 safety rankings. The ability to move this well for a defensive back of this size and stature is not regular.

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