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Miami Hurricanes Safety Sheldrick Redwine Selected by Cleveland Browns in the 2019 NFL Draft

Redwine is the first Miami player drafted in the 2019 draft

Michael Meredith

There’s a reason why the University of Miami is referred to as the U, for those who may have forgotten. Having produced an iconic fraternity of running backs and tight ends, Miami has begun to establish a reputation for developing NFL safeties. Next in line to continue that lineage is Sheldrick Redwine. The Miami Killian star is now a member of the Cleveland Browns after being chosen in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Redwine joins Rayshawn Jenkins, Adrian Colbert and Deon Bush among current Hurricanes playing safety in the league.

Background Information

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 196 lbs.

Arm Length: 31¾”

Hand Size: 9 ⅜”

High School: Miami Killian High School

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Class: Senior

Combine Numbers

40-yard dash: 4.44 seconds

Bench press: DNP

Vertical Jump: 39”

Broad Jump: 130”

Shuttle: 4.14 seconds

3-cone: DNP

Awards and Accolades

2018 All-ACC Honorable Mention

NCAA Football: Florida International at Miami Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

When you go over the career of 2019 NFL Draft prospect safety Sheldrick Redwine, his story should be considered a success before he even steps onto the field. Born and raised in Miami, Redwine lived out the 305 dream, playing both his high school and college careers in his hometown. Redwine even lined up beside former high school teammate Jaquan Johnson during the latter half of his collegiate career. Playing on a Hurricanes’ defense that was littered with stars, Redwine often got overlooked in favor of his colleagues. However, it’s evident that Sheldrick Redwine, a son of of Miami, could be heading to a spotlight all his own at the next level.

Based on his experience at corner, Redwine has the coverage talents to hold his own in either man or zone coverage. Possessing speed to make a play on the ball coming from the opposite side of the field, Redwine has excellent range that should translate to the pro level. With defenses in the pros concerned with passing threats out of the slot, you can count on Redwine to put up a good fight in coverage should they enter his vicinity. As is a requirement of most Hurricanes, the senior has a ton of confidence in any situation during a game.

What sets Redwine apart from the rest of Miami’s Draft Class is how he embraced the move from cornerback to safety in his junior year. He saw the move as an opportunity to reunite with Jaquan Johnson and the pair formed a formidable tandem as Miami’s starting safeties. Redwine possess the speed of a corner paired with the physicality of a linebacker, exhibiting attributes that you or I would apply to our created player in Madden. But when it comes to football played on an actual field, it’s Sheldrick’s IQ and instincts that make him stand out in this safety class.

In his first season as a safety for the Canes, Redwine put together a 59 tackle, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, six pass breakups and two interception season. Considering that he shared the field with Michael Jackson Sr., Jaquan Johnson and Trajan Bandy, Redwine more than earned acknowledgement among his peers based on his stellar play. As you’ll noticed in the Awards and Accolades, that respect or acknowledgement never manifested itself into any tangible hardware.

The one trait that we speak about, yet never measure, is pride. It’s an emotion that Sheldrick Redwine carries around with him from the Greentree Practice Field to game days at Hard Rock Stadium. It’s not just pride in himself, but his brothers on the team and the entire Miami program. It’s part of the reason why Canes’ fans lose all composure when you see No. 22 come down with an interception or a fumble recovery. When he’s walking back to the bench, as a fan you wonder what his message on the whiteboard will be this time. Whether it’s letting his Momma know that he loves her or telling detractors of the football program, “Don’t be a fan later.” If he didn’t have a promising career in football, he would assuredly have a career in marketing.

Whether messages to fans on the whiteboard count, Redwine is an excellent communicator in the back half of the defense. With the team opting to run combo routes, forcing Miami DBs to switch off frequently, having teammates in proper position is integral at any level of the sport. It’s one of the reasons why Redwine enjoyed a career season as a senior. Finishing the season with 64 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 INTs and a fumble return, the safety shed the label of being just a system player from a potent Canes’ defense.

Now that Redwine embarks upon the next phase of his life, there are plenty of changes on the horizon. The safety could find himself for the first time in his career playing somewhere not in the state of Florida. Some draft analysts project Redwine working as a rover or “Big Nickel” DB to match spread formations popular throughout the league. It’s a role that will be new him as he makes the adjustment to the pro game. Of course, proving himself to new teammates and a new employer is a challenge all on its own. But if you’re one of the naive few who doubt the abilities of one Sheldrick Redwine to excel at a challenge, be ready to be greeted with disappointment.

A Cane through and through, Redwine has overcome every obstacle placed before him. Even though he could find himself in a new area, Redwine’s style of football translates to anywhere the game is played. For a child who began playing the game at five years old, Miami fans are proud of the progression that saw Sheldrick Redwine turn from college star to soon-to-be-ProCane

Pro Comparison

JJ Wilcox - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (More So in his prime with the Cowboys)

Lance Zierlein of ironically compared Redwine with that of former Hurricanes’ safety Rayshawn Jenkins. For Miami fans, the similarity is definitely there. However, stepping away from the Canes’ connection, our comp for Mr. Redwine is Tampa Bay’s S J.J. Wilcox. In his prime, Wilcox was a downhill, paint peeling, hard-hitting safety for the Dallas Cowboys. Given Sheldrick’s propensity for hit stick moments, the similarities between the two physical safeties are there. However, we’ll give the edge to Redwine’s ability in coverage.

State of the U would like to congratulate Sheldrick Redwine on his selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.