Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Doesn\’t Think Kelvin Beachum Will Learn Center Position Just Yet

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was a guest Thursday afternoon on ESPN 970 Radio, and being as there has been a lot speculation that second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum might be kicking inside to guard, and quite possibly even asked to learn the center position, host David Todd asked him to clarify everything.

“He actually worked inside more last year in the preseason, then of course in the regular season he kicked back out to tackle when we had some injury issues and did a nice job for us,” said Colbert about Beachum. “That versatility, it\’s really important, and even when we drafted Kelvin, we said, he\’s played tackle, he\’s built like a guard and he\’s smart like a center. We said he could help us across the board.

“I\’m not sure if the coaches will work him in at the center position just yet. I think they\’ll kind of wait and see how we\’re feeling about the group that we have, or any additions that we make before they do that. I\’m guessing he\’ll start out at the tackle position and probably get some work at guard.”

So there you go. That\’s probably the most you\’re going to get out of anyone in the Steelers organization about the future of Beachum and it appears that him learning the center position isn\’t high on the priority list right now. With that being said, that really leaves the Steelers with just John Malecki as the only real candidate to back up Maurkice Pouncey as we sit here just after the draft.

Despite the addition of a few undrafted players that are center capable, I fully expect the Steelers will add a veteran backup center via free agency between now and the start of training camp. Will it be Doug Legursky, who plays the center position adequately, but struggles at both the guard positions, or will be a free agent such as Antoine Caldwell, who came in for a visit prior to the draft?

We might not have our answer to that question for some time now, but at least we have a better idea of what\’s now in store for Beachum in 2013.

  • SteelSpine

    The 1 bit info I got out of that, was Colbert said “I’m guessing he’ll start out at tackle”. Regarding Beachum I just wanted to know what position do they think Beachum will play this year. Not playing center this year is indeed some scoop, but since their priority for Beachum right now is offensive tackle, interesting! In the words of the late great Myron: hmm hahh!.

  • dgh57

    While Beachum’s play last season surprised me last season he needs to now show consistency in doing so at OT or OG which he can do this season before any talk of moving(trying) to Center(maybe next season)! One thing at a time after all he has only 1 season under his belt.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I think his best position will end up being a guard.

  • steeltown

    I figured with the lack of depth at OG and OT that Beachum would be used mostly at those positions. We have John Malecki, Ivory Wade, Joe Madsen and I think even Mike Golic Jr all have played Center… one of these guys should stand out in camp and preseason….. if not, Legursky is always a phone call away