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Browns Rookie Film Room: Sheldrick Redwine

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Summary

The Browns selected Sheldrick Redwine, exactly as I predicted...

Dorsey and company chose the versatile FS, Sheldrick Redwine, out of “The U” with their 4th round pick last weekend. While the days of rookies being handed starting jobs are over, Redwine exudes confidence and has the abilities to come in and fill multiple roles for Coach Wilks both in coverage and against the run. He’s also going to have a home on special teams.

While watching his Miami tape, Redwine’s versatility is evident. He’s lining up in single high as the FS, the next snap he’s down in the slot covering a TE or WR, then in the next he’s back in 2 high as the robber, then he’s down near the box blitzing off the edge. He plays with good speed, has good football instincts, and takes good angles which allows him to make plenty of plays in space in run support as well as coming off the edge in blitz packages. In coverage, you see his length in press situations, his range and his ability to flip his hips and turn and run smoothly while working from the slot.

Although Redwine shows the ability to track and find the football in zone, he’s going to need to improve his ability to do so in man coverage if asked to roll down into the slot. His zone recognition and responsibilities will also need some work, but I imagine he’s going to get a lot of snaps alongside Randall, especially later in the season.

Redwine is loaded with potential and his best football is ahead of him. He’s got the traits you want from the modern day FS / combo safety and I imagine by this time next season we see a player who’s put on some bulk, is playing and not thinking, and is ready to step into a much bigger role. Further, if he can bring his confidence and the “Turnover Chain” mentality to an already young, talented Cleveland secondary, First Energy Stadium may be audible from the Moon on Sundays.

Strengths

Versatility - can play all over, even single high

Great speed and explosion for the position

Blitz-ability

Takes great angles in run support

Comes to balance before contact

If he squares you up, he brings the hammer

Always seeks to knock out ball when wrapping up

Has a knack for using his hands well and coming free from blockers

Weakness

Zone recognition

“Undersized” at 190lbs

Shows flashes but is inconsistent with his hands in the “see ball – get ball” situations

Needs to work on getting his head around in man coverage while staying in cycle

Needs to close out routes at the top and not give up cushion

Can bring the hammer but also be dragged when he shoots at the feet

Athletic Testing

In summary, when compared against all FS data available, Redwine is rated “elite” in every category except his size / height. All of this shows up on tape. When specifically comparing him to this year’s combine invitees, he finished top 6 in the 40 yard dash, top 3 in broad jump and top 4 in vertical. Lastly, his 10 and 20 yard splits show his elite speed in short distances.

Athletic Testing

Film Room

Instead of jamming this article full of singular clips, I’ve compiled all of the plays that I think will translate to the field for the Cleveland Browns. I elected to highlight his strengths within this film room because I wanted to focus on what the player can do vs what he can’t. Once we have some film from him in the preseason, we’ll have a chance to see how well he’s developing and can critique him accordingly.

2017 Market Share:

Total Tackles: 6% (59)

Solo Tackles: 6.6% (37)

Tackles for Loss: 2% (2.5)

Int: 12% (2)

PBU: 11% (6)

2018 Market Share:

Solo Tackles: 7.7% (35)

Total Tackles: 7% (64)

Tackles for Loss: 2.5% (3.5)

Int: 19% (3)

PBU: 4.6% (2)

Sacks: 1% (3)

Expectations

2019 - Redwine’s production data didn’t improve and was never elite in college, however I feel he continuously improved as a football player over the last couple of seasons and expect him to compete immediately on ST. From there and as he earns the trust of the coaching staff, I expect him to be rotated into sub-packages while competing with Murray and Burnett and providing depth for Randall if needed. When Wilks wants to deploy 3 safeties, or wants to play 2 high, or wants to blitz a DB or S (not just from the slot) I envision Redwine seeing plenty of snaps, especially as the season progresses. Assuming he continues to be strong vs the run, his ability to learn and improve in coverage will be what helps to separate him this season.

2020 and beyond – I think you’re looking a player the front office believes can develop into a long term starter at FS. I believe they saw a kid with lots of tools who can grow quickly and unlock his potential with NFL coaching / NFL training program. Ultimately, his development and growth in coverage will determine his success but I am excited about his traits. I know is production is lacking but based on the tape I believe this kid has a ton of upside and potential.