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2020 Draft Profile: Scouting Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn

Broncos Hall Of Fame safety Steve Atwater’s nephew Jeremy Chinn would be an excellent addition to the Broncos defense.

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One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos on day two of the 2020 NFL Draft is Southern Illinois safety, Jeremy Chinn. He is a 6’3”, 221 pound safety who played his college ball at Southern Illinois and really turned some heads at the NFL Scouting Combine. He is ranked as the fifth-best safety in the 2020 NFL Draft according to The Draft Network and is ranked as their 50th best player in the entire draft.

Chinn played a total of four seasons as Southern Illinois and was an impact player during his time there. During his four-year career, he totaled 243 tackles, 13 interceptions, 31 passes defended, and 6 forced fumbles. This past season, Chinn totaled 71 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 4 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery.

Here are saftey Jeremy Chinn’s 2019 accolades from his playe profile on the Southern Illinois official team website.

  • Consensus All-American
  • Placed 17th in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to best defensive player in the FCS
  • 1st-Team All-MVFC
  • Named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team and MVFC All-Academic team with a 3.55 GPA
  • Participated in the Senior Bowl and invited to the NFL Scouting Combine
  • Started 10 games, missed 2 games with plantar fasciitis• Recorded a career-high 15 tackles at Western Illinois and 12 vs. North Dakota State
  • Had 4 interceptions on the season, including 2 at South Dakota.
  • Finished his storied SIU career with 243 tackles, 13 interceptions, 31 passes defended, and 6 forced fumbles

Chinn was invited and participated in the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl and also was invited and participated in the NFL Scouting Combine. He is expected to be an early day two selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jeremy Chinn

Safety | Southern Illinois | Senior

Height: 6’3” | Weight: 221 pounds | 40-time: 4.45 seconds

Arm Length: 32 1/8” | Hands: 9 5/8”

Bench Press: 20 reps | Vertical Jump: 41 inches | Broad Jump: 138.0 inches

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Scouting Report


  • Big, athletic frame, NFL-size, and a ripped physique
  • Elite athleticism which he showed off at the NFL Combine
  • Rangy athlete who closes quickly on the ball carriers
  • Reads and reacts quickly
  • A very good, physical and consistent tackler
  • Lays the wood often
  • A very physical and aggressive all-around player
  • Uses his impressive length and wingspan to disrupt passes
  • Is the definition of a playmaker
  • Made at least three interceptions throughout his college career
  • Gives you versatility to play safety over the top, in the box, man-up against tight ends and some dime backer
  • A safety/linebacker hybrid
  • Bloodlines are there
  • High upside player
  • Team Captain at Southern Illinois and has good character
  • Hall Of Fame safety and former first-round of the Denver Broncos Steve Atwater is Jeremy Chinn’s uncle


  • A small school guy so you’re always curious to see how they perform against consistently high level of competition
  • Relies on his elite athleticism a little too much and has average instincts, especially when playing off-man coverage
  • Struggles in man coverage in general at times
  • A little over-aggressive at times and can bite on double moves and play fakes
  • Might be better closer to the LOS than playing center field
  • Has some injury concerns (missed at least two games in three out of four of his college seasons)

What analysts are saying about Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn

NFL Network’s lead draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah on Southern Illinois safety/linebacker Jeremy Chinn.

Chinn is a fun player to study. He lined up all over the field in SIU’s scheme. He has an outstanding blend of size, speed and instincts. He is at his best when he’s in the box as a down safety/nickel linebacker. He has tremendous range to make plays sideline to sideline. He can locate and play the ball naturally (see: the high-point INT vs. UMass). He does have a little tightness when he’s in space, but he recovers quickly. He is a very firm/reliable tackler. Overall, I believe Chinn is ideally suited to play WLB at the next level. He is exactly what teams are looking for in today’s NFL.

The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs on Southern Illinois safety, Jeremy Chinn.

Jeremy Chinn has next level athleticism for the back end of a defense and his value in the early downs will be in a traditional Strong Safety role. Chinn’s impact in coverage is most effective when he’s given shallow areas to roam and break on the ball and he’s a potent tackler — he should be a potential 3rd-down sub-package LB who can roam in space. Chinn will need some fine tuning from a football IQ perspective as a small school prospect, but he’s got a high ceiling with time to develop.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler on Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn from his annual draft guide.

A four-year starter at Southern Illinois, Chinn was the strong safety in defensive coordinator Jason Petrino’s 4-3 base package. With only one Power 5 program (Ole Miss in 2018) on SIU’s schedule the last four seasons, he didn’t face elite competition each week, but he put together a strong career, finishing first in school history in passes defended (31), second in forced fumbles (six) and fifth in interceptions (13). Chinn has a cornerback background and played various roles on tape, finding success vs. slot receivers due to his size, speed and ball skills. While he matches up well vs. tight ends and defined underneath patterns, speedy route technicians will eat him up in space. Overall, Chinn is caught guessing too often and must develop his football instincts to see immediate reps in the NFL, but his range, length and closing burst give him the versatility to fill various roles, projecting as a matchup starter and special teamer.

Safety Jeremy Chinn’s RAS score

Does Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn make sense for the Denver Broncos?

I LOVE the fit.

He has elite athleticism, elite size, and can fill multiple roles on the Broncos defense. With Will Parks signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Broncos lost a third-safety who played 50% of the snaps for the Broncos defense last season. So, Chinn could instantly fill that role and give the Broncos a highly athletic dime backer.

Chinn will thrive in a zone heavy scheme and that’s the sort of system the Broncos run under Fangio. So, I love the scheme fit. Add in his physicality, play style, and upside of Chinn and I think the Broncos coaches will instantly fall in love with him.

Also, being the nephew of Broncos great and Hall Of Famer Steve Atwater cannot hurt his chances of being drafted by the Broncos.

As for where he is expected to go in the draft, it seems like he’s expected to go sometime in the second round of the draft. I had hopes he could slide to the Broncos early third-round selection, but that seems unlikely. So, if the Broncos wanted Chinn, they would likely hope he slides to their 46th overall selection or possibly a trade up for him if he’s someone they wanted.

I love this fit and think a player like Chinn would thrive in a Vic Fangio led defense. What do you think Broncos Country?


Do you want the Broncos to select safety Jeremy Chinn in the second-round of the 2020 NFL Draft?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Yes- trade up if needed
    (72 votes)
  • 51%
    Yes - If he’s there at 46 do it John!
    (329 votes)
  • 18%
    (120 votes)
  • 9%
    (61 votes)
  • 8%
    Can he play left tackle? Didn’t think so.
    (52 votes)
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