The Browns on Saturday selected Miami safety Sheldrick Redwine with the No. 119 pick in the
fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Redwine is the Browns’ third selection in the draft and the third on the defensive side of
the ball, following LSU CB Greedy Williams (No. 46) and BYU LB Sione Takitaki (No. 80).
“The game is a coverage game. You have to have physicality, but you also have to be able
to have guys that can cover,” Browns Director of College Scouting Steve Malin said. “We
feel like he gives us the flexibility to do that stuff. He has a physical presence but also
he has good ball skills and can play in coverage for us.”
Redwine, who also grew up in Miami, was a two-year starter for the Hurricanes and shined as
a senior. He earned All-ACC honorable mention after compiling 64 total tackles, 3.5 tackles
for loss, three sacks, three interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
Redwine had 59 tackles and two interceptions as a junior.
Even as the Hurricanes as a whole struggled last fall, one group starred.
With veterans Sheldrick Redwine, Michael Jackson and Jaquan Johnson in the secondary, no
team in the country did a better job against the pass than Miami, which held opponents to
an average of 135.6 yards through the air per game.
And personnel from across the NFL took notice.
All three of Miami’s veteran defensive backs heard their names called during the final day
of the NFL draft, with Redwine being the first when he was taken in the fourth round by the
Cleveland Browns with the 119th pick.
His selection was followed by Jackson being drafted by the Dallas CCLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns are trying to re-create the Dawgs on defense, and Miami safety Sheldrick Redwine, drafted with the No. 119 pick in the fourth-round, has the requisite bark.
“You’re looking for dogs,” Browns director of college scouting Steve Malin said Saturday shortly after the pick. “You’re looking for alphas on defense. We’re trying to build a championship team. It takes a special person to get you over the hump.’
A converted cornerback, Redwine (6-0, 196) played free safety at Miami, but can also play strong and will likely challenge free-agent pickup Morgan Burnett for time at strong safety.
“He can play free, strong and nickel,” said Malin.
He was the first of five selections the Browns have on the third and final day of the draft, and the team’s third straight defensive selection. With their first pick, they traded up from No. 49 to No. 46 with the Colts to select LSU cornerback Greedy Williams, surrendering their No. 144 overall pick in the fifth round. That pick was acquired from the Jaguars for running back Carlos Hyde.
The Browns came back in the third round and tabbed Brigham Young linebacker Sione Takitaki at No. 80. Takitaki plays with a violence that the Browns are seeking at the position, and he’s versatile enough to play all three spots, sam, mike and will.
With Williams and Redwine joining Damarious Randall, Denzel Ward, Terrence Mitchell and T.J. Carrie in the defensive backfield, the new Browns might rival the Top Dawgs of the late 1980s.
“We’re excited to add (Redwine) to the organization,” Malin said Saturday shortly after the pick. “He was a corner, converted over to safety, so he can cover. He gives you flexibility to play high or low.”
He said Redwine (6-0, 196), the 13th safety off the board, will also contribute on special teams. The Browns liked several other safeties in this draft, including Juan Thornhill, who went No. 31 overall to the Chiefs.
“This is where you make your roster,” Malin said. “We want to be a championship-caliber football team.”
Redwine had a standout senior season at Miami, starting all 13 games and ranking among Miami’s top defensive starters. En route to All-ACC Honorable mention recognition, he had 64 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, three sacks, three interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble last year. The three interceptions tied for the team lead and the tackles ranked sixth.
Here’s the scouting report from NFLdraftscout.com’s Ric Serritella, who ranked Redwine as the 10th-best safety in the class in his draft guide:
PROS: Well-built defensive back with broad shoulders, long arms (32 3/8″) and a tapered middle with light feet. Lined up all over the field for Miami, showing the size, agility and awareness to play a similar role in the NFL. Good balance and burst out of his backpedal when lined up in man to man, showing the ability to explode forward to challenge underneath routes. Efficient transition out of his backpedal to run vertically, showing good speed for the position. Keeps his eyes trained on the quarterback and shows good spatial awareness of what’s happening around him, dropping his primary assignment when the ball leaves the quarterback’s hand. Good timing and body control to make the extended interception, using his length and soft hands to high point passes (Virginia).
More of a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type than a true moveable chess piece. Read and react player who is too often caught flat-footed watching and waiting before attacking. Runs a bit hot and cold as a tackler. Sporadic strike zone, bouncing off some ballcarriers with heavy collisions or swiping at the legs of ballcarriers and failing to wrap his arms.
Redwine excelled on the nation’s No. 4 overall defense and No. 1 pass defense at “The U.” He has the speed Browns GM John Dorsey loves, clocking a 4.44 at the combine, sixth-best among safeties and 10th best among all defensive backs. He also posted a 39-inch vertical, fourth-best among safeties.
“I’m a competitor,” Redwine told the Miami Herald, adding that his versatility and football acumen make him valuable.
The safety, who got to wear the Miami turnover chain three times last season, became a fan favorite by scribbling messages to fans on the white board during games that were captured by TV cameras.
Once, he wrote, “Don’t become a fan later.”
NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah described Redwine on a conference call as a “a real physical, sure tackler and excellent blitzer. You see him in the middle of the field some as well as over the slot.”