The Carolina Panthers made multiple picks in the 2nd round on Friday night. After trading a third and fifth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks, the Panthers selected Southern Illinois safety/nickel Jeremy Chinn.
Chinn, who was expected to be a mid-second round pick, slid slightly and Carolina moved up to draft their guy. He is a versatile secondary piece that can hit, cover, and create turnovers.
The Panthers signed Juston Burris in free agency and is expected to start at safety for Carolina, but Chinn can play either corner spot (outside or nickel). He is going to find himself on the field a lot as a rookie.
After selecting Yetur Gross-Matos with their first pick on day two, Carolina has now added three potential defensive starters through the draft:
Derrick Brown, NT, Auburn
Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
Chinn blew up the combine this past February. He ran a 4.45u 40-yard dash, benched 20 reps, and had a vertical of 41 inches. He is an NFL caliber athlete that has tremendous upside as a safety.