After a 2016 season in which he missed expectations, Sheldrick Redwine will likely be a key piece to Miami’s 2017 secondary. No longer a cornerback, Redwine will compete in fall camp for a starting role at the safety position.
Coming out of Miami-Killian High School in 2015, Redwine was recruited to be a large, physical college cornerback with the athletic potential to become a top flight player. Thus far, Redwine has been mostly a rotational piece at corner earning five career starts and 42 total tackles in his first two years. For the most part, he’s been stuck scooping up minutes behind NFL caliber players like Tracy Howard, Corn Elder, and Adrian Colbert. Even though Redwine is now an upperclassman, the writing was on the wall that the younger talent on the team would still displace him at cornerback.
To win football games, Miami needs to get their best talent on the field. Manny Diaz knows Redwine is a dog waiting to be unleashed, so Diaz made the great decision in spring ball to move Redwine out of a loaded cornerback room and into a safety spot next to his longtime friend and former Killian teammate Jaquan Johnson. At safety, Sheldrick will have a much better opportunity to add value on the field. He already proved in spring practice that his physical tools are better utilized at safety; at 6-1, 200lbs he has a physical presence against the run and the pass, and his lack of top end speed will be less of a hindrance than at cornerback. Without a doubt, Jaquan Johnson will be a great mentor to Redwine and the pair could be a lethal combo against opposing offenses.
I believe Redwine will finally break out of his shell this year, become a consistent starter at safety, and finally nab his first career INT. With the departure of Jamal Carter and Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami needs Redwine to step up and help anchor a talented but inexperienced secondary. Expect to see #22 start showing up on the highlight reels in 2017.