Arizona Wildcats football: CB Richardson drafted by Steelers in 5th round of NFL draft

2014-05-10T11:53:00Z 2014-05-10T12:04:38Z Arizona Wildcats football: CB Richardson drafted by Steelers in 5th round of NFL draftDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

It took 117 picks for the first Arizona Wildcats player to be drafted.

It didn't take half that long for the second one to go.

Forty picks after Ka'Deem Carey was taken 117th overall by the Chicago Bears, cornerback Shaquille Richardson was drafted 157th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round.

Richardson started 37 games for the Wildcats over the past four seasons. As a senior last year, Richardson had 55 tackles and three interceptions for the UA.

Richardson visited with the Steelers last month and told the Star this week it was a good visit and he could see himself with the Steelers. He'll join former teammate Robert Golden, who is preparing to enter his third season with the Steelers. 

Richardson watched the draft in Carson, Calif., with his family. 

The Wildcats haven't had two players go this early in the draft since 2010 when Rob Gronkowski went in the second round and Earl Mitchell followed in the third. 

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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