Steelers Select Arizona CB Shaquille Richardson In 5th Round Of 2014 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers first of two fifth round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft has been made and it’s Arizona CB Shaquille Richardson.

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2013: Started all 13 games. Second on team with 3 INTs. 2012: Played in 13 games, starting 11. Led team with 14 PBUs. Had 1 INT. 2011: Played in 10 games, starting all 10. Led team with 4 INTs. 2010: Played in 13 games, starting 3. Recorded 2 INTs at Washington State in first career start. High School: No. 26 CB nationally (Scout).
STRENGTHS Quick and agile and is aggressive jumping routes when he sees it. Can make spectacular plays look easy — produced one of the most sensational highlight-reel plays of the season vs. Oregon when he acrobatically tipped the ball back into play to a teammate for an interception on the first play and closed the game with an interception of his own vs. Marcus Mariota to key a surprise upset. Outstanding pro day workout, posting a 4.43-second 38 1/2-inch vertical jump and 6.95-second three-cone drill time, indicating good speed, agility and explosion.
WEAKNESSES Very lean build. Tends to squat on routes. Lacks eye discipline to sort out run-pass reads — is late to locate the ball and support the run. Benched in 2012 for lapses in coverage and needs to become more consistent recognizing/supporting the run and securing open-field tackles. Marginal physicality. Character will invite close scrutiny — was arrested on suspicion of felony theft as an incoming freshman and released from UCLA program.
BOTTOM LINE A lean, leggy, underdeveloped press corner who has shown big-time flashes but must prove more consistent in coverage, a greater willingness to tackle and more maturity than he demonstrated early in his career to be given an opportunity to compete.

  • AzheDraven

    So this was a reach? Well, i dont care anyways, just hoping for him being better than Terry Hawthorne

  • pat

    I can see us drafting cb 1st round next yr and he will start at nickle and by wk6 move to #2

  • Robert Kohnfelder

    As the draft progresses, I am starting to like our selections a lot more than initially.

  • CW

    Shame about Hawthorne’s knee giving out on him. Never can tell how those late college injuries will go.

  • DoctorNoah

    Serious reach. The guy doesn’t look good on tape. This is what happens when you wait until the 5th round to draft a corner

  • steelster

    I guess Ike Taylor is going to play forever.

  • chris ward

    Nice, finally a CB

  • Johnny Loose

    go watch some film on this kid before you doubt him. He shows the WANT for contact. Has the ability to wrap up and drive through. With those pro day numbers/measurements we may have got ourselves another cortez allen. could be better, could be worse than him. I definitely see something in this guy though

  • Douglas Andrews

    And he never ever made it to the practice squad…interesting

  • Bartholomew Wimer

    Hopefully Antone Exum will still be there with our next pick

  • He’s a sold cb. Led the team in interceptions and no hows to read the quarterback eye. Great pick by the Steelers. So far they are looking good.

  • tone bone

    People complain about anyone… I think he’s a project cb who has a chance to be a nickel. Not a terrible pick but of course everyone wants Richard Sherman even though nobody knew about him coming out. let players develop and let players bust

  • Skinny Merlino

    Forgive me if I side with colbert and Co on this kid I’m sure ur a great GM also but I can’t trust ur thoughts on his tape over them Internet arm chair scout

  • nicolaisim

    Really like this pick thought he would be gone late forth/early fifth but I still wanted McGill in the 3rd. I think we got a good corner so I’m happy.

  • Louis Goetz

    I just watched the USC tape on him. His coverage work was ok. He doesn’t wrap up. He doesn’t tackle. He tries to hit. The ball carrier almost always gets more yards after contact with him. He provides nothing in run support and takes plays off if the ball starts out on the other side of the field, which costs him if the ball carrier switches direction. I won’t be surprised if this guy doesn’t make the team.

  • HiVul

    The scouting consensus generally is that he’s a reach for the 5th round, but thanks for pointing out that Colbert drafted him.

  • Kurt Williams

    Lol!!! Awesome!

  • SteelerDave

    I do not like any pick with character concerns and a criminal history.

  • Steelers12328882

    Great pick. This was the late rd CB that I wanted so I’m pretty excited over this pick. He went a rd earlier then I thought he would but there’s a serious run on CBs.

  • Steelers@2010

    A reach? No, they reached for the RB at the end of the 3rd round. That was a reach! They could have had Desir, they passed on him. I don’t know too much about this kid; I did watch some film on him, it seems like most teams went DB in the 4/5th round. I hope he makes it.

  • DoctorNoah

    I watched tape and read his review here which was less than complimentary. Only reason we drafted him was because Carnell Lake recruited him in college and likes him. That’s fine. I am hoping it doesn’t turn out to be another wasted pick on a late round corner, like Terry Hawthorne was. Dri Archer is an interesting luxury but was he really worth that pick? Only time will tell. I love our 1,2 and 4th rd picks but worry most about this one. With cornerback talent evaporating before their eyes, the front office reached for this one. Hope he makes it!

  • steeltown

    I’ve liked this kid since we first brought him in, he needs work no doubt, but they all do. He has size, speed and agility.

  • Louis Goetz

    Please tell me what tape to watch, because I watched the USC and Oregon tapes that isolated him. His coverage skills are average, at best. He doesn’t tackle instead choosing to lazily cut the ball carrier, which almost always leads to more yards after contact. He takes plays off when the ball starts off on the opposite side of the field, which he pays for when the ball carrier changes direction. He provides nothing in run support. Please tell me where you can see this WANT for contact, or this supposed ability to wrap up and drive through. You certainly don’t see that in the two big time games he played in.

  • CW

    Well they gambled and lost on a fifth round pick. If his knee had gotten better they would have snagged in the 5th round a CB who had a late 1st early 2nd round grade on him at the start of his last year in college before the injury.

  • steeltown

    They apparently pegged him with a 4th-5th Rd grade

  • Douglas Andrews

    I agree with you but i’m just wondering if there wasn’t something else because they move on from him pretty quickly.

  • CW

    Well he’s visited some pretty cornerback needy teams since leaving the Steelers who have a lot less qualms about guys with issues and hasn’t stuck even on a practice squad.

    To me that suggests his knee turned out to be junk.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m guessing your right because he should have found a home somewhere by now.

  • shawn

    Not a fan of the pick, but the tape clearly shows he has potential and has the skills …. very raw and undisciplined but not a horrible gamble ….

    problem i see is this late they should have focused on a slot type of guy and i dont see him that way … he looks actually like a tweener (not quite an outside CB yet not a slot guy either ) would have rather looked elsewhere but can’t dog the pick too much …

    for slot CBs i favor the Jason Verret type … Hampton would have been a better choice in my opinion !

  • shawn

    McGill is garbage … i see u have watched no tape on him or can’t evaluate CB … the guy is clearly not a CB (lousy instincts, slow … yes slow cement feet .. i know he has long speed but its useless at CB …

    Just because people are big and have good combine numbers doesnt mean they will turn out to be the next Sherman !

  • shawn

    They obviously did not want Desir … passing on him in 3rd and 4th … Archer being a reach is debatable … doubt u will have a problem with it by mid season !

  • shawn

    not sure about this pick … have a feeling it was a wasted pick … dont think he can make the transition to be a starter outside CB … and not the build for a slot guy … too much of a tweener … has the skills, speed, height but not high on him ..

    preliminary thoughts on the draft … great job 1-4 … disappointing 5-7 … unfortunately they did exactly what i didnt want them to do in the late rounds … sprayed and prayed … they should have used their extra picks at the end to move up and focus on some quality talent we didnt need 5 late round guys … would have much rather have 3 guys that had more potential than mostly projects !

  • Iron Cadet

    any corner that we drafted this year wouldve been special teams only except in the case of an injury. every player in the first 4 rounds is ready to contribute this year. we need a corner next year so wel take a corner next year.

  • nicolaisim

    Thats funny 🙂 I’m not gonna give in and get into a long tired discussion with you. I can tell you’re that kind of guy.
    We can agree to disagree on McGill.
    Don’t beat yourself up when McGill becomes an elite corner in the league – I know I won’t if it doesn’t happen. It’s hard to evaluate prospects and that’s why so many get it wrong.
    Seattle were wrong about Sherman, Patriots were wrong about Brady and 31 other teams were dead-wrong about those two.
    Have a good one buddy.

  • shawn

    No worries .. we definitely disagree … but I’m pretty confident on McGill … id bet the house on it (at CB at least) !

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree, they obviously didn’t want him, they passed on him in the 3rd and 4th. I hope it doesn’t come back to bite them in the A$$ though.