Kelvin Beachum Is Trying To Become Steelers Ultimate Swing Offensive Lineman In 2013

If there\’s one thing that we\’ve learned from the Pittsburgh Steelers first OTA session of the 2013 season, it\’s that second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum is being given every opportunity to become the backup at center to starter Maurkice Pouncey.

Throughout the week we have seen and heard reports stating that the Steelers fourth of four seventh-round draft picks from 2012 has been getting work at center and on Thursday, Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider reported on Twitter that Beachum even received reps at center with the first time during the final day of practice for the week.

Beachum, who strictly played left tackle during his four years at SMU, has been often described as an offensive lineman that possesses the legs of a tackle, a torso of a guard and a brain of a center. While Beachum didn\’t look overly impressive during the preseason last year at left tackle or left guard, he showed enough to make the final 53 man roster and wound playing nearly 315 snaps as a rookie at right tackle after both Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams went down with injuries.

Following the practice on Wednesday, David Todd of ESPN 970 Radio caught up with Beachum and asked him about him getting time this week at the center position.

“It was fun. It was a little different, but whatever\’s best for the team. Whatever facet I can do to help us get to a Super Bowl,” said Beachum. “So just taking in strides and learning from Pouncey, and some of the other centers that we have on the team, and working at the craft of being able to backup every position.”

Now that Beachum is being given the opportunity to become the ultimate swing offensive lineman for the Steelers in 2013, he was asked if it now changes the way he has to focus his time preparing during the off-season.

“You have to be a little more fine tuned,” said Beachum “You have to understand what everybody\’s doing on the offensive line. It\’s a responsibility fact. I\’ve got to be responsible. I\’ve got to really be accountable for myself and making sure that really doing everything that the coaches are asking me to do to be the best that I can be, and to be ready when my number is called.”

If you recall, I have posted quite a bit this offseason about the depth issues that the Steelers seemingly have on their offensive line heading into 2013 and it appears at this point that Beachum is being groomed to play four spots with the fifth spot, left tackle, being a last resort spot.

While it is still early, it is good to see that the Steelers are really trying to find out how position flexible Beachum really is. If they like what they see, they won\’t have sign a free agent such as Antoine Caldwell, who they brought in for a visit in early April. However, if they don\’t think that Beachum can handle the center spot between now and the start of training camp, then there is still time to sign someone else before the team reports to Latrobe in late July.

The real test for Beachum will of course come during the preseason. While we now have a pretty good idea about what he can do at right tackle, I suspect that he will get a lot of playing time at center and guard once the exhibition games get underway. I, much like several of you, will be watching how he performs at those positions closely come that time.

Beachum is as smart as they come. He also possesses a great attitude and work ethic, so hopefully he can become the ultimate swingman offensive lineman for the Steelers in 2013, which in turn might just open up a roster spot somewhere else at another position.

  • Mike.H

    If so, please place Red Triangular “S” in front of Beachum’s chest; my friend’s a capable Tattoo artist; a hook up’s in order… 🙂

  • Stephen Dale

    Beachum didn’t impress as a rookie. Whether he is any better than some of the 2013 UDFA’s remains to be seen. Emparanate, Golic, etc are guys who may be more NFL-quality.

  • Stephen Dale

    Beachum didn’t impress as a rookie in 2012. Infact, some of the 2013 UDFA’s may become better NFL linemen ( Emparanate & Golic). While Beachum is a favorite of Tomlin, whether he is an asset to the club remains to be seen.

  • SteelersDepot

    You must have missed a few games. While Beachum was far from being a Pro Bowler, he represented himself pretty good overall at right tackle. To say that he didn’t impress is a flat out untruth.

  • SteelersDepot

    Who is Emparanate by the way?

  • Stephen Dale

    True, I didn’t see every Steeler game . The ones I did see didn’t highlight anything Beachum did in a positive light. What those games did show is he is not a nfl-quality tackle. Whether he can become a good center time will tell. And whether he is big enough and strong enough to be a good guard also remains to be proven.

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  • SteelersDepot

    About whether or not Beachum can become a capable guard/center, you must have not read the post. That’s exactly what we are hoping to find out come the preseason. :rollseyes:

  • David Edward

    I think Beachum has the potential to be a nice swing OL. He’s not a stud at any position, but if he can be serviceable at C, then he provides nice value. Legursky couldn’t even be considered for OT and was less than adequate at G, so Beachum may ended up being the next Essex. You need a guy who can fill in multiple positions in a pinch.

  • Beachum is probably one of the most intelligent OLinemen we have at the moment. Glad they are letting him work at Center as well.

  • dgh57

    Duh…I think the Steelers know he’s not a NFL quality OT!! Why do you think they are trying to groom him to be a backup OG & C? Of which I think he’ll do a fine job at!!! You need to give him TIME, he is trying to learn a new position at the next level up called(are you ready for this) the NFL!!!!!

  • Intropy

    He looked awful in preseason to the point I didn’t think he’d make the team. When he came in mid-season as an injury replacement he didn’t even look like the same guy. Huge improvement in a short time.

  • hergieburbur

    I really like the kid as a depth OL.

  • hergieburbur

    Do you ever say anything positive?

  • zyzak

    What a bonus if he could backup everywhere thisseason

  • Steve

    Coaches love players like Beachum that are willing to do what the team needs them to do. The Center position is the hardest on the line. They call the blocking assignments, handle the ball each snap, must block a body and MUST know when to snap the ball. It takes intelligence to be a center and the Steelers had 3 or 4 of the Greatest Center ever, with Pouncy right up their with Webby, Dawson, Hartings.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I was shocked when he made the final cut as I thought he’d be destined for the practice squad but he did impress me with the way he filled in during the season enough that if he’s able to play center guard and RT he becomes a great find for a former 7th rounder

  • charles

    Beachum is going to be a great 7th round find!

  • NW86

    While it would be great if Beachum could back up 4 positions, let’s not forget that he can’t play them all at once. I want to be optimistic that the line will stay healthier this year than in the past, but in each of the past several years, we’ve had more than 1 player out pretty frequently.
    I’d still rather see another proven backup lineman or two on the team – I’d love to see one of those UDFA’s work out, but to expect them to be ready to play this year is really pushing it.


    I like Beachum a lot, 7th rounder, exceeded expectations last season, if he continues this upswing he could be pushing for a regular berth if anyone fails to impress

  • Johnny Loose

    Your comments on just about every article are ridiculous. You are not a Steeler fan. Nothing you say will make me change my mind. If you are, indeed, a Steeler fan, you should seriously consider removing the sand from your vag!na. Your negativity is nearly parallel to complete ignorance regarding this franchise.

  • steeltown

    Based on what? Embernate and Golic have yet to take a meaningful snap. Beachum however replaced Adams and Gilbert at RT.. and filled in very admirably for a rookie who had never played on the right side before

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  • steeltown

    Yep.. very impressive for a rookie who never played RT before

  • steeltown

    I thought he’d be released before final cuts, like Terrance Frederick was.. just goes to show you how coaches can gauge players and see the potential in them

  • steeltown

    Exactly, the fact that Beachum is capable of playing RT (if needed) and hopefully OG and maybe even Center could potentially make him so much more valuable than a player like Legursky who was basically a backup Center only….. I like your Essex comparison, he received a lot of grief from fans, but the guy could fill in at EVERY position, if needed

  • dgh57

    I thought Ryan Lee would’ve made the 53 man roster and Beachum at best the PS! But the exact opposite happened. Coaches have the benefit of seeing these players in person, in the weight room, and interviewing them whereas as fans we don’t.

  • steeltown

    Me too.. in the long run, it looks like they may have made the right decision