Chris Varughese

The Bears Brawl Writer, Jr. Editor and Draft Expert

Sheldrick Redwine has more to offer than having one of the coolest names in the draft. A two year starter in Miami’s secondary, Redwine donned the infamous turnover chain quite a lot. He is also a converted cornerback so his coverage skills are quite apparent. However, there are several inconsistencies on film that prevent him from being mentioned as one of the top safeties in the class.

Positives:

  • Swagger: Redwine plays with a certain swagger that comes with playing in the Miami defense, especially the secondary. The culture at Miami is all about defense and creating turnovers, hence the infamous “turnover chain”. Redwine plays with a certain ease and comfort level, even though he has only played safety for two years. He doesn’t seemed fazed as to who he is guarding and plays very confidently.
  • Speed: He ran a 4.44 second 40-yard dash, so it’s clear that he has speed. However, he uses his speed in game a lot of different ways. He has great closing speed and can cover a lot of ground quickly. Sometimes he uses his speed to bail him out and he gets away with it (which isn’t always a good thing). He also can keep up with most offensive players he has goes against. He can keep up with speed backs or slot receivers who are quick and fast. Redwine also accelerates really well and can reach top speed quickly, which is helpful in both the pass and run defense aspects of his game.
  • Fluidity: Sheldrick Redwine has very fluid hips, which come from his time playing cornerback. It helps him in pass coverage and is a great complement to his speed. In run support, this fluidity allows him to avoid blockers and make a path to the ball-carrier in a very smooth, quick fashion. His fluidity also allows him to have a great break on the ball, as his hips can get squared allowing him to accelerate quicker and more efficiently.
  • Physicality: Loves contact, and throws whole body to bring down ball-carriers. He is also very physical in pass coverage, always trying to punch the receiver or throw the receiver off his route. He is especially physical in run support, taking on blockers on his way to the ball and shedding them effectively. The physicality can be seen in his tendency for big hits, especially near or behind the line of scrimmage. His physicality usually slows down the play enough for either him or his teammates to make a play.
  • Length: Redwine offers great length for the defensive back position. This length allows him to make plays on the ball if he’s close enough to it. It also allows him to match up with taller wide receivers and tight ends. His length combined with his adequate ball skills (3 interceptions, 2 passes defensed) make him difficult to throw near as he usually finds a way to make a play near the ball. It also makes him highly effective in blitz packages when combined with his speed.
  • Versatility: Lined up all over the field for the Hurricanes. Him and Jaquan Johnson often switched who played FS and SS on every given play. Redwine also played in the box, in the slot, and on the line of scrimmage. His history as a cornerback helps him greatly when lines up in the slot, as he already has cornerback technique. He can also cover tight ends and running backs as the traditional strong safety, as well as help in run support. And as mentioned previously, he is very effective in blitz packages.
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Negatives:

  • Heavy feet: One of his inconsistencies, Redwine sometimes has heavy feet in pass coverage. He puts all of his weight on his heels making it hard for him to change directions on a dime, even with fluid hips. It also causes the receiver to get behind him, and that’s when he tries to use his recovery speed to bail him out. If he ends up too reliant on his speed, he will find major flaws in his technique. His heavy feet also leads to poor balance which can cause him to get run over in run support.
  • Tackling: The biggest flaw in Redwine’s game are his tackling inconsistencies. His downhill burst his great, and his closing speed is great, but he doesn’t have fundamental tackling skills. He often tries to shoulder tackle, which doesn’t always work with the angles he takes to the ball. When he tries to arm tackle he doesn’t use his legs to anchor himself, which doesn’t give his arm tackles enough power to bring down a ball-carrier.
  • Strength: Lacks upper body strength, needs to add muscle to his lanky frame. He is a speed guy, so it makes sense, but he needs to add strength to be able to compete with physical and strong offensive players at the next level. Also adds to his tackling inconsistencies.
  • Angles: Redwine struggles taking consistently good angles to the ball, often bailing himself out with his speed. Even if he takes poor angles at the ball, he recovers and uses his speed to finish the play. However, he needs to develop proper technique in that respect so that he can minimize the yards gained.

Summary:

Sheldrick Redwine’s negatives are more so inconsistencies than they are glaring flaws. He has shown flashes of being able to do the right thing in both taking angles, tackling, and footwork, so if he can just make those more consistent, he can be a great starting safety in the NFL.

Projected Round: 5

Floor: Rotational safety, special teams contributor

Ceiling: One of the better starting strong safeties in the league

 

Here are some videos of Sheldrick Redwine against LSU and Toledo:

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Toledo: