The Pittsburgh Steelers are making quick work of signing their draft choices. Yesterday the team reached an agreement with their fourth seventh round selection SMU offensive tackle / offensive guard Kelvin Beachum. With his signing, the Steelers only have two member’s of their draft class left to sign, first round pick Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro and third round selection Sean Spence.
Beachum was a left tackle at SMU, and playing that position in the wide open spread attack cries pass blocker, and the 6-3, 304 pounder has demonstrated an aptitude to protect the blindside. A thick athlete, he has a natural bend to anchor in the pass game and has enough quickness and lateral agility to mirror. He plays through the whistle and is a second-level type guy.
Lacking prototypical size for offensive tackle and coming from the spread, he will need technique work as he transitions inside to guard. Although athleticism is an attribute, he will not be able to survive in the league by playing upright without leverage or mastering play in a three-point stance. In the end, he has the agility to pull and the skill-set needed to develop inside. Even as a late-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, when you consider that the Steelers are rebuilding their offensive line, he should receive every opportunity to make an impact.
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