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Pittsburgh Steelers Select Arizona Cornerback Shaquille Richardson in the Fifth Round of the NFL Draft

May 10th, 2014 at 4:04 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers started day three of the NFL Draft by adding a tall wide receiver with speed in Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant. With their first fifth round selection, they turned back to their defense and added a cornerback that had visited the team during the pre-draft process.

'Arizona Wildcats vs. BYU Cougars 21, Las Vegas Bowl, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada' photo (c) 2008, Ken Lund - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Cornerback Shaquille Richardson from Arizona is an interesting prospect. While Richardson is not as accomplished as top end of this draft class, he watched his stock rise after a solid week at the Senior Bowl.

The 6-1, 188-pound cornerback appeared to take a huge step forward during that week, and definitely sent evaluators back to their game tapes. Robinson, who was not invited to the NFL Combine, has an intriguing size/speed combination, although it did not appear to transfer to the field during his college career. 

He added to his solid Senior Bowl performance with an exceptional Pro Day. During his workout, he ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, recorded a 38 1/2-inch vertical, and completed 14 reps at 225. He also performed well in position drills showing solid agility and quickness.

With the Steelers needing to add depth to the secondary, Richardson may not be the only defensive back brought into the fold during the draft. The team now has four picks remaining on day three and has again added speed and flexibility to the roster.

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