Will Redmond

CB Miss State

6', 189, (O) 4.37, 9'8 Broad, 

31.3" Arms, 10 Reps, 

Press Corner.

By TOM

Redmond was a shutdown corner last season at Miss ST. He is one of the guys the Pats have to pick up. He is right in the wheel house of what BB used to do. Redman tore his ACL. BB has picked Corners with 1st round talent in the 2nd round, because they suffered injuries that didn't allow them to finish their senior seasons. The two guys that fit that bill are Redmond and Kendall Fuller. I don't think Fuller last until pick 60. BB has done that three times with some not so successful results. 

Redmond's position on routes is top of the line. He gets down field as fast any CB in this Draft. Even when he is not running straight down field: 3/4ering, shuffling, and facing the WR as he runs next to him. His ability to focus on the WR outside, and just mirror him all over the field without ever turning and running like a sprinter, has the chance to make him a shut down CB in the NFL, if he is healthy.

He is also a clutch Corner who had game saving INTs against LSU and Arkansas in 2014. "It's hard to explain knowing you saved the day," Redmond said about winning the LSU game with an INT. "Coach Mullen always says that there is no high like that. There's nothing that can compare to those feelings and those emotions when you make plays like that." It is such a shame he blew his knee out, because he was on pace to be a top five Corner in this class, and that is saying something with the class of CBs in this year's Draft.

CAREER: Elite, lockdown corner who has promising potential at the next level … Vocal leader … Played in 27 games with seven starts … His senior season was cut short due to injury … Logged 99 tackles – 69 of the solo variety – with 5.5 tackles for loss, eight pass breakups and five interceptions … Also contributed as a special teams returner … Arrived at MSU after an outstanding prep career in Memphis.

He can play on either side and shut down SEC CBs. He bounces in and out of Off and Press. He is not great against the run, but he is fierce going after the ball carrier. He likes to dive at RB's legs, and SEC RBs seem to have that knack for jumping over him. I like how you can watch him in Press man on the Strongside against LSU, and then watch him play Off man on the Blindside against A&M. You can see him not just do everything you want a CB to do in Man coverage, but play with two distinctively different styles on two different sides of the field. 

2015 SENIOR SEASON: Started seven games at cornerback before suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in practice on Oct. 20 … Missed the final six games of the year … Injury occurred during Kentucky week … Underwent surgery soon after … Made 25 tackles and two interceptions on the year … Hauled in his fourth career interception and made five solo tackles in his first career start at Southern Miss … Collected five tackles (four solo) versus No. 14 LSU in week two, allowing zero completions despite being targeted twice … Credited with five stops in the Northwestern State win … Returned his fifth career interception for 19 yards in the win at No. 25 Auburn, finishing with four solo tackles and a quarterback hurry … The pick occurred at the goal line and halted a potential scoring drive … Totaled three tackles and a pass breakup against Louisiana Tech in what would be his final career game

He wasn't as polished in 2014. You could see he was still a leader, as he was making calls on Tape. But he wasn't as physical in the run game. And not as focused on the WR. He really learned some of his physical limitations in the run game. He also really learned to focus like a stalker on the WR in Man coverage. He really does try hard against the run. He was leading all Mississippi State DBs when got injured with 25 tackles. 

He always was a fierce competitor who brings it every game. "We are always coming to compete," Redmond said about Traveze Calhoun. "He is always trying to get me better. I am always trying to get him better. Even if we are working out or racing, we're trying to see which one of us is going to win. It's good competition between us both. I think that's what drives us and our defense, is that competitiveness between both of us. I think that's good." The two were set to come into the 2015 season as the best pair of senior CBs in the Draft.

He was so much better starting the 2015 season. He has such nice quick twitch on the field. He played with such great technique on the field. "We worked on our craft a lot," Redmond said about the off season coming into 2015. "We worked on tip drills and just attacking the ball in the air. We were throwing tennis balls 60 yards down the field. We just chunked those tennis balls down the field, because we knew that was something we had to work on. We did a good job with all of that." He has maybe the best set of movement skills in this Draft. He was the top shutdown Corner in the SEC before he got injured. Great recovery speed. He will read it wrong every once and awhile, and he has the feet, movement skills, and speed to get back into perfect position to prevent the big pass. He was clocked with a 4.37 Forty before he got injured.

2014 JUNIOR SEASON: Served as a backup at corner and MSU’s nickel back … Tallied 51 tackles, three tackles for loss, five pass breakups and a team-best three interceptions … Tied for 11th in the SEC in picks with two of those being game clinchers … Notched six tackles in the win over UAB (9/6) … Hauled in his first career interception in the second quarter at South Alabama, setting up a touchdown that led to a 28-3 lead (9/13) … Pulled down his second career interception on a game-ending Hail Mary attempt at No. 8 LSU, helping MSU pick up its first win at Tiger Stadium since 1991 … Collected a career-high 10 tackles, including one for loss, in win over No. 6 Texas A&M (10/4) … Tallied five tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups in win over No. 2 Auburn (10/11) … Credited with five tackles in the home win against Arkansas (11/1) and made the biggest play of the contest on game-clinching interception in the endzone with 15 seconds left to preserve MSU’s perfect record at the time … Registered a team-high six tackles in the Egg Bowl at Ole Miss (11/29) … Notched five tackles, including one tackle for loss, in the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech (12/31).

Nice physicality in Press. He can shed the WR quickly on bubble screens behind him, and take down the runner. Great feet in press moving backwards. Great feet moving backwards and weaving softly in front of the WR so he can't get into his pattern. He can stay in petal for 10-yards and slow and frustrate the WR out of his pattern. Which is my favorite trait in a CB. He has such great feet in Press. Not afraid to hit and dive into piles. Great athlete with great balance moving sideways while battling a blocker. Nice and twitchy out in the open field.

He makes the checks before the snap. Plays the run like a FS. "That's something that has always been there. I have always been willing to tackle," Redmond explained. "This summer and throughout the spring, we put a big emphasis on tackling. We really focused on that and I really feel like all of that is helping now." He can move sideways across the field to get in front of the big RB, and then tackle him like a FS. He can comedown hill and take out an O-linemen so his teammates can tackle the RB. He looks a little too fearless in run defense sometimes.

Switches in and out of Press and Off smoothly and easily. When he is in Press he locks onto the WR like a laser, and doesn't come off coverage easily. I love his stalkerish focus on the WR when he is lined up in front of him in Press. "We have some good stuff coming with Coach Diaz," Redmons said. "From Cover Two to Cover Three and some other stuff that we run a lot. I'm ready and it's fun. Coach Diaz wants you to have fun. He brings a lot of energy into the defense and he brings a lot of fun to the game. I am ready to play for Coach Diaz and the psycho defense." He can come off his man in Press, when he goes to block inside, and tackle the WR breaking outside on the Screen.

He can move forward from moving backwards quicker and with more twitch than anyone in this Draft. You have to have elite quick feet and movement skills to be a top Press Corner in the NFL, because you are almost never moving in a straight line. It is forward and backward, sidewards and 3/4ing and every where in between, and any skip of the foot and you are toast. He moves like an NFL Press Corner, who is always on the edge of extinction. Like Josh Norman, who is a 4.6 guy who is the best CB in the NFL, because he is elite at moving in every other direction besides straight ahead. I think Redman can move like that.

He can also 3/4 like Josh and peek into the backfield. Then he has some of the top COD quickness and agility I've seen. Once he sees the Draw, he gets to the RB as quick as anyone. He is just one of those guys that looks faster on the field than everyone else. Elite quickness and change of direction. Never looks like he is scared, even when he makes a big mistake, he is always trying to recover. Needs to get bigger and stronger, but he looked like he had developed into a college shut down corner before he got injured in 2015.

Additional Notes:

Auburn: You can see him play like a free safety sometimes. He can direct the secondary from the Safety spot, and come up and tackle the RB on the run. When he hits the ball carrier, you can see he feels it. He charges up to stop the run with nice aggression. Sometimes too much aggression and will over run the play a little. He has elite feet. 

LSU: He is so good moving backwards that he can destroy the timing of the route without ever turning down field to run. That is my favor trait in a CB prospect. He is so smart in coverage, and has the great athleticism to back it up. He doesn't always make the tackle, in fact he miss a lot of tackles (but that was against Fournette), but he is a great hitter.

Will Redman Vs LSU 2015:

You really have to like his aggression against the run. He fills the hole and dives at the big RBs feet  (:03). Here he is in Press. He is so tough and physical. Watch him not just control the WR with his hands, but abuse him. Watch the hit once he reads the screen (:12). That is a Patriots CB right there.

He is so good that LSU doesn't want to line up a WR in front of him. You can see him give signals to the secondary as he reads the play before the snap. He is also known as a fierce leader. The kind the Patriots love as well (:20). Same situation and he reads something and signals again (:28). He falls for the play action, but keeps his position enough to keep his coverage on the TE. Then he shutdown the TE (:41). He takes two steps outside as he reads the play (:52). Then he bolts forward and takes out the lead blocker so his teammates can make the play. 

Watch his feet as he takes away the timing of the route, while moving backwards. He turns to get the QB, and takes the big hit. The QB plays the block perfectly. So he has to spin back and force him out of bounds (1:01). He gets caught in traffic (1:11). Look at the nice swivel hips as he twists them back almost all the way around as his upper body is half turned and peeking into the back field (1:22). To me this is another thing that makes him special. He bails back, and then retreats a little more as he starts to cut over the middle in anticipation of the route. Watch him snap back around and go from almost moving straight down field to instantly moving up field in run support. He is six yards down field, and suddenly screaming past the LOS to dive at the RB's feet. He misses the tackle, but the display of movement skills on that play is astounding. He just forgot that was Fournette and not a normal human.

Watch the feet move as he blocks the WRs route. He slows his release so much that by the time he gains Redman's inside shoulder the QB has already moved to the next option. the QB takes off and the WR is so frustrated that he turns the block into a street fight, and Redman still almost makes the tackle (1:37). This is so great. Watch the feet as he blocks the WR's path. Then the twists of the hips as he breaks outside a little, and Redman is moving with him, but still hasn't bailed. Then when the WR turns back, Redman twists the hips back and is facing the QB while they grab each other, and the QB has to throw the ball away (1:52). And that was Dural, their top wide receiver. Redman plays him so well that only he had a shot at catching the pass, Dural quit on the route. I believe they can call that shut down.

He peeks into the backfield, and then locks onto Dural. Watch his feet in the straight back pedal. His feet are moving as fast backwards and Dural's are moving forward. He was the top shutdown Corner in the SEC before he got injured. Watch the quick arm over move he uses to get into position to protect the sideline (2:02). Watch the movement skills and aggression as he flies across the field and gets a hit on the RB on the run play away (2:12). I love how he changes it up here (2:33). The WR imitated his pedal with his quick feet. But instead, Redman jams him right off his pattern. He is so in Dural's head that he barely has to cover him on that play.

Then he blitzes and confuses Dural some more (2:42). Opposite side, let's see his technique. He gets caught peeking right before the snap and has to bail a little. But watch the COD once he reads the screen, and how quickly he is into the Dural's legs (2:51). Here he is directing traffic again (3:01). Then he moves into Off coverage, and really plays FS. Watch him come up into the play like a free safety.

Here he is coming up a little too fast again to stop the run (3:10). He reads run quicker than most, but forget the WR. The WR blocks him nicely and Fournette cuts off his block perfectly (3:16). Nice, we can see him in the Slot a little. He starts moving backwards real quick, and sees that he has miscalculated a little. Watch the snap in his hips as he turns and bails. This is a real nice play. He got himself a little out of position as he misread the play a little, but then he is running stride for stride on the WR's hip 40-yards down field. If you are going to play CB you are going to get beat, and it is how you recover from getting out of position that makes you great. That was a great recovery (3:27). Watch the movement skills as he moves laterally across the field and hits Fournette again (3:39). He is likely into slip to the 3rd Round because of injury. If everything checks out, he could go in the 2nd.

Redmond Vs LSU 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfK2_XDGYpM

 

Will Redmond Vs A&M 2015:

I love this Tape. After watching him shutdown Dural on the Strongside in Press. Here he is all game on the Blindside playing Off. He shut down everyone they put in front of him in Press or Off. He is such a great athlete that he looks like the fastest guy on the field, even when he isn't running like a sprinter going straight ahead in a straight line. He is almost never running in a straight line. I might save this Tape for after the Draft so the Pats have a better shot at him.

This Tape starts out with a grudge match blocking on the edge, and Redmond tossing the WR to the ground once he reads run (:01). It is amazing how small a window he gives up for a QB to throw into. He can only place the ball a foot off the ground to find a spot where only his WR can catch it (:15). This is what I'm talking about with movement skills. A Corner can't just line up and run in a straight line down field like he is running a forty (:26). He has to be able to twist and turn and spin, and wall the WR off until he is out of bounds. That is elite coverage.

Watch the great COD as the WR breaks inside, and then tries to get outside and is shut down (1:03). You can see here that he is never running like a sprinter. He is always angling his body so he can see the ball (1:20). Love his speed, agility, and ability to stay in front of the WR moving backwards (1:28). Watch the feet as he shuffles and slides to stay in front of the WR (1:35). When the WR finally breaks outside he turns effortlessly and is running next to him while facing him and matching his speed.

He switches off to the outside guy smoothly, but doesn't close the gap quickly enough. But again, you can see how he looks like the fastest guy on the field, but is never running straight ahead like a sprinter or WR (1:44). He mirrors the WR in the pedal. Then the WR breaks inside on a Post. Watch how he stays with him while shuffling so he can see the QB while matching his speed (1:52). There is just no way the QB can throw the ball into that coverage.

He comes off the WR with a little hitch, and blitzes like a mad dog. He misses the QB, but drives him into the other blitzer, and then gets in on the sack (2:21). This is Josh Norman in coverage right here (2:21). He zones the WR outside while eyeing the QB, and then lets him go to the Safety. You can only do what your coaches tell you to do (2:36). He just takes everything away on that pattern (2:45). Watch the feet as he shuffles outside and cuts him off. That pattern is completely dead at 7-yards. Then the hands are up and the WR shoves him out of bounds and cuts inside, but he hops back and cuts it off as well.  

Another great example of his movement skills. He is locked onto the WR without really turning and sprinting for over 20-yards (3:11). Here he is really dropping back like a FS. If his knee isn't completely right he can play a Cover One FS (3:23). Watch this coverage. The QB is eyeing him all the way (3:34). He gallops backwards to the goal line, but then gives up the inside and slips (3:42). The ball is high, so all's he can do is grab the WR's legs as the ball arrives, and it knock the ball out. When you are in coverage and things don't go perfectly, how do you recover? He recovered as well as you can when you trip yourself up.

Okay, I don't think that is legal (3:49). He is looking for the physical stuff on this play (3:58). He moves up into press which is where I like him. You can see he is a little pissed off. Watch the physical jam on the bigger WR, and then the hips and feet to turn and run with him while 3/4ing it (4:06). He has some great suddenness in his shoulders when he reads run right (4:15). This is it for him.

Redmond Vs A&M 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1JAqd_PiX4

 

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Redmond's Official Bio:

CAREER: Elite, lockdown corner who has promising potential at the next level … Vocal leader … Played in 27 games with seven starts … His senior season was cut short due to injury … Logged 99 tackles – 69 of the solo variety – with 5.5 tackles for loss, eight pass breakups and five interceptions … Also contributed as a special teams returner … Arrived at MSU after an outstanding prep career in Memphis.

2015 SENIOR SEASON: Started seven games at cornerback before suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in practice on Oct. 20 … Missed the final six games of the year … Injury occurred during Kentucky week … Underwent surgery soon after … Made 25 tackles and two interceptions on the year … Hauled in his fourth career interception and made five solo tackles in his first career start at Southern Miss … Collected five tackles (four solo) versus No. 14 LSU in week two, allowing zero completions despite being targeted twice … Credited with five stops in the Northwestern State win … Returned his fifth career interception for 19 yards in the win at No. 25 Auburn, finishing with four solo tackles and a quarterback hurry … The pick occurred at the goal line and halted a potential scoring drive … Totaled three tackles and a pass breakup against Louisiana Tech in what would be his final career game. 

2014 JUNIOR SEASON: Served as a backup at corner and MSU’s nickel back … Tallied 51 tackles, three tackles for loss, five pass breakups and a team-best three interceptions … Tied for 11th in the SEC in picks with two of those being game clinchers … Notched six tackles in the win over UAB (9/6) … Hauled in his first career interception in the second quarter at South Alabama, setting up a touchdown that led to a 28-3 lead (9/13) … Pulled down his second career interception on a game-ending Hail Mary attempt at No. 8 LSU, helping MSU pick up its first win at Tiger Stadium since 1991 … Collected a career-high 10 tackles, including one for loss, in win over No. 6 Texas A&M (10/4) … Tallied five tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups in win over No. 2 Auburn (10/11) … Credited with five tackles in the home win against Arkansas (11/1) and made the biggest play of the contest on game-clinching interception in the endzone with 15 seconds left to preserve MSU’s perfect record at the time … Registered a team-high six tackles in the Egg Bowl at Ole Miss (11/29) … Notched five tackles, including one tackle for loss, in the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech (12/31).

2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in eight games as a reserve defensive back ... Recorded 23 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss on the year ... Made collegiate debut against Bowling Green (10/12) and recorded one tackle and a pass breakup ... Notched five tackles including first stop for lost yardage at Texas A&M (11/9) ... Matched personal best with five tackles against Alabama (11/16) ... Made two stops in the opening quarter against the Crimson Tide and dragged down T.J. Yeldon for a two-yard loss in the fourth quarter ... Tallied all three hits at Arkansas (11/23) within the opening half ... Booked four tackles against Ole Miss, including one for a loss of three yards (11/28).

2012 FRESHMAN SEASON: Sat out his first season on campus.

HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com . . . Rated the seventh-best prospect in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports . . . The 21st ranked safety prospect by Rivals.com . . . Played on both sides of the ball for East High School . . . Totaled 1,355 yards passing, rushing and receiving his senior season, along with 18 total scores . . . On the defensive side, totaled 51 tackles and four interceptions . . . Returned nine kickoffs his senior season for 318 yards and two touchdowns.

PERSONAL: Born on Dec. 28, 1993 . . . Son of Vanessa Brown … Majoring in communication. 

REDMOND’S CAREER HIGHS 
Tackles – 10, vs. Texas A&M (10-4-14) 
Tackles For Loss – 1.0, (5x) last vs. Georgia Tech (12-31-14) 
Pass Breakups - 2, vs. Auburn (10-11-14) 
Interceptions – 1, (5x) last at Auburn (9-26-15)

 

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