Shaquille Richardson, CB

School: Arizona  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Carson, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 194 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

A three-star CB recruit, Shaquille ?Shaq? Richardson had offers from over a dozen west coast programs out of high school, deciding to play his college ball at UCLA.

However he didn?t last very long as a Bruin and was kicked off the team in the first week of summer school after an on-campus felony arrest for allegedly stealing a purse. The charges were later dropped, but he, along with his cousin and fellow draft prospect Paul Richardson, were dismissed due to the incident, landing Richardson at Arizona where he saw immediate action as a true freshman.

He became a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2011 and set a career-best with 4 pick-offs and set his personal-best in passes defended (15) as a junior in 2012.

Richardson had his most consistent season as a senior, but wasn?t recognized with All-Pac 12 honors. He is an intriguing athlete for his size with enticing length, but is a streaky payer with finesse tackling technique and undeveloped recognition skills. Richardson has some traits that translate well, but is still more of an athlete than polished DB ? worth a late round flier, but might not stick on a roster long enough to develop under NFL coaching.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall frame with excellent length for the position, using his long arms in coverage to extend, swat and make plays on the ball?athletic and light feet to easily redirect with natural movement skills?good plant-and-drive quickness and enjoys playing at full speed?has shown the ability to make acrobatic plays on the ball with quick reflexes and springs in his legs.

Confident competitor and not afraid to undercut routes and go for the all-or-nothing play on the ball?physical in run support and won?t shy from contact?tough and durable?productive collegiate resume as a three year starter (37 career starts), leaving Arizona with 40 passes defended and 10 interceptions.

WEAKNESSES: Lean, lanky, wiry build with a high cut frame?plays flat-footed with wild footwork and streaky angles, often taking the long route to the ball?timing is an issue and lacks a natural feel in coverage ? suspect anticipation and a slow thought process?inconsistent vision, frequently getting his eyes caught in the wrong place.

Undisciplined tackler and inconsistent finisher, especially in space ? bad habit of hitting too high and simply throwing his shoulder instead of wrapping?needs to do a better job with press technique and his overall awareness, too easily allowing WRs to jolt him off the LOS or block him out of the play?unreliable ballskills and should come away with more interceptions?maturity questions and needs to keep his emotions under control?character needs investigated after he was dismissed from UCLA in the summer of 2010 following an felony theft arrest (charges later dropped).

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 5/157 - Shaquille Richardson, CB, 6-0, 194, Arizona...Many predicted they would draft a corner in first round. It's a big need for them and he will have a chance if he shows anything. Not very fast at 4.5, but good tackler and Ike Taylor is 34. Richardson, drafted in the fifth round, was recruited at UCLA by then-Bruins secondary coach Carnell Lake, who is now the Steelers secondary coach. - The Sports Xchange


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