It’s rare for a starting safety from a prestigious program like Miami to be flying under the radar heading into the NFL draft, but Sheldrick Redwine is ready to break out during the predraft process and prove he belongs among this year’s top talents at the position.
A relentless defender who can do it all, Redwine recently spoke exclusively with MCM about his aggressive mindset, why his NFL coaches will fall in love with him, and why he loves spending time in the kitchen.
JM: Do you feel like you’re one of the more aggressive defensive backs in this draft?
SR: I most definitely am. I don’t think you can find many defensive backs in this draft that are as aggressive as I am. We had a ton of aggressive guys at Miami though. That’s really how I feel about it.
JM: Do you think there’s a scheme that best fits your style of play at the next level?
SR: Not really. I can’t say that there’s one scheme I have to play in. I’m a football player first and foremost. You can put me in any scheme and watch me prosper. I can play anywhere on the field.
JM: Are there any aspects of your game that you’re looking to improve on at the next level?
SR: I can always improve. I’m not focused on just one thing. I can get better at every aspect of my game. We can all get better at something. I just wanna focus on becoming a better all around player. I need to be the best player that I can be. I can’t point to just one thing.
JM: Playing at Miami allowed you to play against some of the best talent college football has to offer. Who are some offensive players that caught your eye?
SR: Diontae Johnson from Toledo is somebody that stood out to me. He definitely caught my attention. Jonathan Taylor from Wisconsin was another good one. He’s a big back and he’s tough to bring down. I think he’s a future first round pick. Those two guys were the main guys that stood out to me. Everybody knows we had a good defense but those guys stood out to me personally.
JM: You’ve had a lot of great teammates throughout your time at Miami, but if you were headed to war tomorrow and could only bring one with you, who would you bring and why?
SR: I would definitely bring Jaquan Johnson with me. That was my partner right there. He’s a warrior in every meaning of the word. That’s a tough guy both on and off the field. He always puts his best foot forward. You wanna talk about toughness? He defines the word toughness. The stuff that he went through growing up, he’s overcome so much and he doesn’t let it get to him. He’s the same guy no matter what. It doesn’t matter if he’s going through a sunny day or a rainy day. All he does is work.
JM: What are some of your hobbies outside of football?
SR: I enjoy playing video games. I love going to Top Golf. I love cooking as well.
JM: What’s your favorite video game?
SR: It was Fortnite but it’s getting a little played out now. I’m heavy on NBA 2K right now. I play some Madden as well.
JM: Who do you use on Madden?
SR: I always use the Kansas City Chiefs.
JM: Using Mahomes is fun, huh?
SR: Yeah, he’s really good. I can go undefeated with them.
JM: Maybe the Chiefs will draft you and you can continue using them in the next Madden.
SR: We’ll see (laughs).
JM: You mentioned that you love to cook. Say you just landed a date with someone you’ve had interest in, what are you cooking on the first date?
SR: I’m making my world famous chicken alfredo. That’s my best dish. I could make some steak and rice as well. I’m a variety kind of guy. You can get anything at any given moment. I might make some parmesan chicken. It really just depends how I’m feeling that day.
JM: I’ve appreciated your time today, Sheldrick. When a team drafts you, what kind of guy are they getting?
SR: When a team drafts me, they’re getting the kind of guy that a coach can fall in love with. I’m a very coachable player. I’m that type of player. My whole life I’ve had good connections with all of my coaches. I can adapt to any coaching style. I get along with everybody. I understand that there’s different ways to lead. I’m really just a hard worker. I don’t talk much. I just put my head down and get to work. I’m trying to be a better person on and off the field. I can always be better today than I was yesterday. They’re getting a young guy that’s still growing and learning. I accept the challenge ahead.