Jeremy Chinn – Safety, Southern Illinois
The prospect everyone has their eyes on for this 2020 draft is Isaiah Simmons from Clemson, but it’s hard dropping to #12 at this point. If that ends up being the case, the Raiders will still need someone with the potential to be a versatile piece in the middle of the defense, and Southern Illinois’ Jeremy Chinn has the traits.
Physically, he is everything you want at 6’3 and 219lbs, but his performance during the Senior Bowl practice showed he can translate that size and athleticism against better competition. Chinn showed the ability to play both down the field as a deep safety and in the box while also displaying some one-on-one skills. That is the type of versatility the Raiders need, and a guy like Chinn, if appropriately developed, would undoubtedly help their issues covering the middle of the field. And maybe, just maybe he could end the team’s troubles against tight ends.
The Raiders will also have Jonathan Abrams back from injury in 2020, and both he and Chinn could ideally bring some real speed and physicality to the defense. Director of the Senior Bowl Jim Nagy compared Chinn to former Seattle Seahawks Kam Chancellor, and if Chinn could reach anything near that, he’d be an excellent addition.