The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is merely a few weeks away, and the anticipation among Chicago Bears fans is the lowest it has been in years.
With no selections in the first two rounds of the draft, the Bears won’t have access to any of this year’s elite prospects. Plus, they are already set at a multitude of positions, so they won’t have many dire needs to fix this year.
Nevertheless, the Combine is an important process that allows prospects to showcase their athleticism and skills in front of NFL coaching staffs and front offices. Chicago has a lot of recent success on Day 3 of the draft, so the Combine should provide an opportunity for fans to scour for a few potential diamonds in the rough.
Daniel Jeremiah and Lance Zierlein of NFL.com listed one draft prospect for every team to keep an eye on during this year’s Combine, and they listed Miami (FL) safety Sheldrick Redwine as a player to watch for the Bears:
Redwine took a step forward this past season and has the size and speed to potentially step into free agent Adrian Amos’ position, even as a middle-rounder. The fact that he has interchangeable safety talents and can cover tight ends makes him worth a closer look for the Bears.
Redwine is coming off of a productive senior year with the Hurricanes, tallying three interceptions, two pass deflections, 64 tackles and three sacks. The six-foot-one, 195-pound defensive back has great length for the safety position, which alone will make him enticing to NFL teams. He’s a very good athlete for his size, as he has solid downhill speed and good acceleration coming out of his breaks. Redwine is a versatile safety who has experience lining up off the edge on blitzes and in the slot in man coverage. His acceleration off the snap as a blitzer is impressive, and he takes good angles as a tackler in run support.
The issues with Redwine becoming a Bear start with a potential positional change. The article listed him as a potential replacement for Adrian Amos, but Redwine was a free safety in college, with fellow draft prospect Jaquan Johnson manning the strong safety spot. Redwine’s style of play isn’t entirely fitting of a strong safety, either, as he arm tackles too often and isn’t physical enough to consistently downhill tackle and wrap up ball carriers. His range in coverage is decent, yet unspectacular, and his hip fluidity and direction-changing abilties are fairly mediocre.
Redwine grades out as a borderline late-round draft pick, with potential to be a high priority undrafted free agent. Though his speed and size combination is enticing and will likely see him end up on an NFL roster in 2019, he likely won’t be a target for the Bears earlier than late on Day 3.