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Browns' selection of Miami safety Sheldrick Redwine brings total of 'Cleveland Canes' to 6, Florida players to 11

The Browns play their games in downtown Cleveland and are headquartered in Berea, but if you looked at their roster, you might think they're based in Florida.

Cleveland added yet another player from the Sunshine State on Saturday when it selected Miami (Fla.) safety Sheldrick Redwine with the 119th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Redwine will soon leave the city and state he's called home for his entire life and venture north, where he'll find more than a handful of fellow players who have made similar voyages.

The Browns now have a total of 10 players who went to school in Florida, including six Miami Hurricanes. Maybe give some of the credit to Hurricanes legend Alonzo Highsmith, who now serves as the Browns' VP of player personnel and spends some time each year mining prospects in Miami.

Take a look at photos of new Browns S Sheldrick Redwine, the 119th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

That's where he found recent free agent signee WR Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi and also where he fostered a connection with Redwine.

"Oh yeah, definitely," Redwine said when asked if he had a relationship with Highsmith. "Met with him at the Combine. At my Pro Day, I talked to him a lot. Even at my training facility, I saw him there one time. We did like a little free agent try out. He was there for a little bit so I talked to him a little bit there, too. Overall, throughout the process I made a good connection with Highsmith."

Redwine joins running back Duke Johnson, tight end David Njoku and defensive end Chad Thomas as the latest of four former Hurricanes drafted by the Browns. When combined with linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong and March trade acquisition Olivier Vernon, the total becomes six. 

Miami's football program has noticed the trend and isn't shying away from it, calling them the "Cleveland Canes."

When added with receiver Antonio Callaway (Florida), defensive tackle Trevon Coley (Florida Atlantic), linebacker Adarius Taylor (Florida Atlantic), kicker Greg Joseph (Florida Atlantic) and long snapper Charley Hughlett (Central Florida), the number of Florida players swells to 11.

The familiarity gets closer upon further consideration. It even took Redwine a moment to realize it when appearing on the Browns Radio Network on Saturday.

"I just thought about it, me and Antonio Callaway actually played in the same park on the same team one time for a couple years," Redwine said. "We were both running backs."

Former youth league teammates are now NFL comrades. That's a good story in itself, but even better when considering it alongside Miami's history of producing elite athletes, some of whom coming from rough neighborhoods.

It falls in line with what general manager John Dorsey is trying to build in Cleveland: a team full of tough, hungry football players.

"Since I was a young boy, the parks that I played on, that is how we were brought up," the hard-hitting Redwine said. "You had to know how to hit. You had to know how to be tough or you were not going to make it."

It helped Redwine make it to the highest level of football. Now, he'll have to find a way to stick, and he'll have the help of more than a few teammates who can relate.

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