Chicago Bears: Three safeties to target in the NFL Draft

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Jeremy Chinn

Jeremy Chinn has recently shot up everyone’s draft board after an impressive display at the NFL Combine. Playing at Southern Illinois, he didn’t get the same exposure as he would have at a Power-Five school.

He turned heads with his blazing 4.45 40-yard dash and is projected to be taken late in the second round or early in the third round. He was a consensus All-American last year for the Salukis, recording 71 total tackles, including 2.5 for loss. Chinn also recorded a sack and seven pass breakups.

He projects as a true free safety, but, like Winfield, has played all over the field, including a few games at cornerback. Chinn already has great size with a physical stature of 6-foot-3, 212 pounds. In four years at SIU, Chinn logged 243 tackles, 13 interceptions, 31 pass deflections, and six forced fumbles.

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When I watch his film, I am impressed with his ability to break up passes. His combined size and speed allow him to recover and make plays on the ball quickly. And something that Clinton-Dix was consistently knocked for, Chinn is a sure tackler, which was sorely missed last year.

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He’s a hard-hitting safety and has proven to be disruptive. The combination of Jackson and Chinn would make for one of the deadliest safety duos in the NFL.