Coming into this offseason the Chicago Bears only had two starters not under contract on defense. Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan. They didn’t re-sign either. They did however, sign Buster Skrine and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Skrine signed a three-year deal. Haha however only signed a one-year deal. Deon Bush‘s contract is also up after next season. So it’s safe to say did the Bears are going to be looking at safety in this draft class and I think that they can find a really good one in Sheldrick Redwine.
Redwine joined the University of Miami after being a 3-star recruit out of Killian High School in Miami. In his freshman and sophomore years he was used very much as a reserve cornerback and a special teamer. He did start five games at cornerback as a sophomore and recorded 28 tackles and two pass breakups.
After his sophomore year he was moved to the safety position where he joined former high school teammate Jaquan Johnson. He started all 12 games that year and had 59 tackles six pass breakups and two interceptions. In his senior year he racked up 64 tackles three sacks three interceptions but only two pass breakups. For his senior year, he received honorable mention All-Conference ACC.
His strengths are definitely his versatility. In his college career, he started a total of 30 games five at cornerback and 25 at safety. He’s also very patient as a tackler and not afraid to hit.
His weaknesses are very clear. He has trouble forcing turnovers. Over 30 career starts he’s only forced nine total turnovers. Four forced fumbles and five interceptions. It also seems like he would rather make the tackle then deflect the ball. Because he only has 10 pass deflections which is incredibly low.
A pro comparison that I would give to him is Adrian Amos. I mean a former cornerback who turns safety midway through his college career that’s a sure tackler but doesn’t have a knack for turnovers. That sounds like Amos to me.
In 37 starts at Penn State Amos only forced seven turnovers all interceptions. And as a senior, he was selected honorable mention all-conference for the Big Ten. One thing that does stand out as the difference between these two is that Redwine performed much better than Amos at the combine.
In Sheldrick Redwine, we know what kind of player he is. Because we literally just had a player like him. Let’s not forget that Amos started all 16 games as a rookie. And Amos only had the privilege of playing next to Eddie Jackson for two years.
Redwine can definitely be a value pick up in the fourth round. And I do believe if the Bears get Redwine they will prove that it was the right choice to let Amos walk. Amos getting $9 million a year while they pay Redwine (a similar player) pocket change has got to be a clear win for the Bears.
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