Pittsburgh Steelers

Shaquille Richardson NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Steelers CB

West defensive back Shaquille Richardson (5), of Arizona, intercepts a pass intended for East receiver Allen Hurns (1), of Miami, during the first half of the East-West Shrine Classic NCAA football game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Phelan M. Ebenhack
Ian WhartonContributor IMarch 31, 2014

Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona (HT: 6’0.125”; WT: 188 lbs)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Fifth Round: 157th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Mike Jenkins, CB, Oakland Raiders

 

Positives

  • Excellent size and length allows him to match up against any receiver. His arm length is above average as well, helping defense passes even when he’s not in ideal positioning.
  • As a zone specialist, Richardson has the strength and ability to win at the line of scrimmage. More consistency is needed in his technique, but the tools are there.
  • Good ball skills when he keeps his eyes on the quarterback. The zone coverages that Arizona’s defense utilizes didn’t have Richardson turn his back and run with the receiver often, but he showed the ability to trigger from backpedalling to exploding back to the ball on curl routes.
  • Maintains good gap integrity against the run, filling his lane and pushing the running back toward a teammate or the sideline.
  • Efficient tackler who uses good form. Stays low to stop the running back from falling forward.
  • Smooth athlete considering his size, so he can play man coverage occasionally. His hips are fairly clean, so a move to safety isn’t necessary.
  • Gained a lot of experience at Arizona, starting 24 games and playing in 36 total in his four seasons. He also played on special teams, giving him another way to impact an NFL roster immediately.

 

Negatives

  • The scheme he played in limited the opportunities for him to cover receivers downfield, so this could be due to ability or possibly just the scheme.
  • While playing off coverage, he stays too far off his man on underneath and intermediate routes. He doesn’t need to give more than a few yards of cushion when downfield if he’s athletic enough to stay with his receiver. Richardson needs to get more aggressive and stay on the hip of receivers more consistently.
  • He showed the ability to press at the line of scrimmage, but his technique needs improvement to play in Cover 2 more often. He needs to punch the receiver right at the snap and disrupt the timing of routes, then direct the receiver to wherever the next zone is.
  • Although he had a good 2013 season, his 2012 showed a much less consistent performer. He gave up big chunk plays after blowing coverages, but that was his first season starting, and he did improve as a senior.

Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesPDINT
2010Arizona2992
2011Arizona4794
2012Arizona58151
2013Arizona5543
http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/shaquille-richardson-1.html

 

Personal Notes

  • 2014 NFL Shrine Game participant
  • Twitter handle is @Dr4_Richh
  • Graduating with a degree in psychology
  • Former 3-star cornerback from Los Alamitos, Calif.

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made by http://nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Shaquille Richardson has the size and speed that most NFL teams are now targeting, and he could possibly switch to free safety if cornerback doesn’t work out. He is a zone specialist with great length and solid potential. He should be off the board early on Day 3 of the NFL draft.

 

Draft Projection: Fourth round

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