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Pittsburgh Steelers Complete Their Draft by Selecting SMU OG Kelvin Beachum in the Seventh Round of the NFL Draft

April 28th, 2012 at 9:00 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers completed there selections in the 2012 with the pick of SMU offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum one of the 30 pre-draft visitors that made their way to the Steelers complex during the process.

As we mentioned during the profile stage, one of the interesting facets of the linemen that the brought in for visits this offseason was their position flexibility and Beachum looks like a developmental prospect that may offer some flexibility.  

A left tackle in the wide-open spread attack, 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, and looks to be a developmental guard prospect for the Steelers.

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