The Carolina Panthers have traded the No. 69 and No. 148 overall picks in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Seattle Seahawks in order to move up to pick No. 64 and draft Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn.

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Chinn dominated the FCS level in 2019 and was named a consensus All-American. Last season, the big 6-foot-3, 212-pound safety recorded 71 total tackles, seven passes defended, four interceptions and 2.5 tackles for a loss. In his four years at Southern Illinois, the future Carolina Panther recorded 13 interceptions.

At the 2020 combine, Chinn recorded a 4.45 forty-yard dash and an impressive 41.0-inch vertical. Chinn has also become the first Southern Illinois alumni to be drafted since the Minnesota Vikings selected tight end MyCole Pruitt in the fifth round in 2015 while also becoming the school's earliest pick since 1987


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Chinn joins the first two Carolina draft picks in Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown (No.7) and Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos. Using their first three picks on defensive players, it's clear that new head coach Matt Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow are trying to shore up a defense that struggled this past season.

Last year, the Panthers ranked 23rd in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game and gave up the second-most points per game among the entire league (29.4 per game)

With the trade to Seattle, Carolina's next pick will come in at No. 113 in the fourth round. As for Seattle, the team used the pick they received from the Panthers to draft offensive guard Damien Lewis out of LSU.