The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed yet another one of their draft picks today as it is being announced by the team that guard Kelvin Beachum, the last of their four seventh-round draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, has come to terms on a four-year contract worth an estimated $2.143 million. The base salaries for Beachum will be $390,000, $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000. The signing bonus should come in at around $43,000.
Beachum, who was the 248th overall pick in the draft, played collegiately at Southern Methodist University, where he started all 52 games that he played in at left tackle. Beachum was selected to the Lombardi Award and Outland Award watch lists and named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team his senior season and earned first-team Conference USA honors after his junior season. He measures in at 6 foot 3 inches and weighs 303 pounds. He projects as a guard at the next level and he will battle a slew of training camp competition in order to make the 53 man roster or the practice squad.
Beachum already has a friend on the roster in former SMU wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who was drafted by the Steelers in 2010. You can listen to my interview with Kelvin just after the draft here as he joined me on a post draft episode of the Terrible Podcast.
The Steelers now have seven of their nine draft picks under contract with only David DeCastro and Sean Spence, their first and third round picks respectively, yet to be signed.