Tomlin Says Beachum Is In A Good Position Heading Into 2014

Over the course of the last seven games of the 2013 season, Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Kelvin Beachum played very well and during his Monday press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if the SMU product showed enough to stake claim to the position moving forward into next season.

“He did a very good job at representing what he is capable of, but obviously, I’ll expect him to continue to improve,” said Tomlin. “I will not allow him to have an opportunity to exhale or seek comfort in regards to that. He’s got a big offseason and training camp ahead of him, but he’s in a pretty decent position from that regard.”

During that seven game stretch, Beachum, who took over as the starter at left tackle following the loss in London to the Minnesota Vikings, only allowed two sacks, two hits and five hurries in 204 pass blocking opportunities. If you are scoring at home, that translates into a stellar 96.4 pass blocking efficiency ratio.

Beachum’s emergence should give the Steelers coaching staff some comfort in regards to the left tackle position moving forward and at this point, I will be very surprised if the team drafts a tackle, or any offensive lineman for that matter, in the first four or five rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. In fact, I won’t be surprised if they decide not to draft any offensive linemen.

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  • Jeff

    If this season doesn’t light a fire under Mike Adams, I don’t know what will…..

  • Steve

    The Steelers have always drafted the best Athlete available. If that person happens to be a Offensive tackle I don’t see a problem with them acquiring them cause you can never have enough Big bodies protecting your quarterback.

  • steeltown

    It is truly amazing how this guy was drafted in the 7th Rd (mostly because of his intelligence) to provide interior OG depth and backup Center…. and now, he not only played all interior positions but he just might be the LT for the future.

    Between Pouncey, DeCastro, Beachum, Foster, Adams/Gilbert…the new contributors Velasco, Wallace and Whimper and the young guys Embernate and Hubbard we do have options heading into next year.

    Still though, BPA… if there’s a stud OT there when they pick they might pull the trigger. I do not see them drafting an interior guys though

  • chris ward

    Beachum after being the swing man for the Steelers, did a great job at LT. Beachum has a good head on his shoulder and has a great work ethic. Looking forward to seeing him develop as a pro.

  • RW

    I think the defense has too many holes in the secondary for us to consider BPA this year. There are a number of very good CBs in this draft class that are slated to go in the first few rounds, headed up by Dennard. I’d be thrilled if we finally landed a cover corner.

  • Chad H

    What a great pick. He is our LT moving forward. Wallace also looked we’ll again at C. Gilbert looks like our weak link now. Adams will be on the roster 1 more year the he is gone. I agree a late round tackle is all we need. Offense we need a WR and TE. All other picks need to focus on D.

  • steeltown

    If Gilbert struggles at all in 2014, I expect Adams to take over at RT and maybe he flourishes there… maybe not, but maybe

  • Shea Fahr

    With Pouncey and Velasco recovering from serious injuries, it would be wise to make Wallace a priority signing immediately. He helped stabilize that line down the stretch.

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • David Edward

    I think Beachum did a good job, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say he was “great”. He’s serviceable, smart, and comes with a low price tag. As Tomlin says, he needs to continue to improve. Being that he’s undersized, he tends to struggle a bit at the point of attack in the run game and can be bull-rushed by stronger opponents in pass protection. If he lives in the weight room this off-season and continues to improve his technique, he certainly could be the answer at LT long-term. I think Adams future will be at RT, where he actually did a decent job run blocking in the past. As for LT, that will depend on how much progress he can make in pass protection where his techique was flat out poor. Gilbert could be gone after ’14, either being replaced by Adams or someone else as RTs are fairly easy to find.

    I think Dave is correct, no need to draft an OL at this point since next year is more about developing the ones they already have. Signing a vet backup or two is more likely…hopefully Velasco and/or Wallace is part of that equation. Whimper? Eh, they can do better.

  • srdan

    I want to see what Mike Adams has to offer wtih a full offseason, Beachum is good, but not great. Adams is not good, but could be great.

    But then again, I have always put a lot of stock into statute and athleticism rather than intelligence. Not saying Mike is stuipd, but I see waht Beachum does and admire it.

  • treeher

    I’ve never been able to figure why Adams can’t succeed at left tackle. He was touted as one of nation’s best in college and surely that can translate to the pro game, especially considering he was in the Big Ten. What’s his problem? Too much wacky weed?

  • Rick M

    It’s great that they likely won’t have to spend another pick on the O-line. They desperately need help on defence, and at receiver with the likely departure of Sanders and maybe even Cotchery as well.

  • RJ

    He has earned the right to go into camp as the starter. His run blocking needs to improve. But kudos to him, I thought he would be a disaster at LT.

  • steeltown

    Im sure it has more to do with the strength and speed of guys in the pros..it was well known he needed to build strength at the next level. Im sure getting stabbed in the offseason didn’t help his development physically..but really im not sure why

  • Weiss Chad

    I hope they re sign velasco.Move pouncey to lg.Have foster, adams/gilbert as backups.Best this line has looked in atleast last five years I believe.8@8 would be a suprised if roster dont get shaken up a bit.

  • Shelob9

    Double agreed. He did really well after his first game. I don’t know if he’s going to replace Foster or Pouncey any time soon, but at the worst he develops into a better Legursky.

  • Jollyrob68

    Wr yes, not in a rush for TE. Heath,Spaeth,Poulson and add Adams to an unbalanced line. They can pickup a late rd or Vet at minimum.

  • Jollyrob68

    He doesn’t move his feet. He’s a Rt tackle. I want to sign Michael Ohr

  • Jollyrob68

    I’d sign Wallace and look at Alex Mack. I’d also have no Problem trading Pouncey to Miami for Martin

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I believe most of Mike Adams problems are physical (which can be a good thing because the path to fixing those issues is very straight forward).

    He needs to get his arms and hands stronger.

  • RMSteeler

    Yep. Slow feet. With an OT, technique may help overcome that. Or, maybe if like a WR, you can’t teach speed. Careful what you wish for, the “Blind Side” has feet that are just as slow IMO. He was beaten like a rented mule on the right side after his failure on the left. Ravens almost sure to let him walk.

  • RMSteeler

    Had holes in secondary last year, but didn’t stop them from picking Landry Jones in the 4th. They have graded him at 2nd round and couldn’t pass on him one more time. May have been BPA left on their board at that time. Don’t know about Jone’s future, but may be draft day trade bait for teams that don’t get the QB they need.

  • RW

    I can’t defend what they’ve done, but they can’t do it a second time if they want to eliminate the big plays they’ve given up throughout the year in the passing game. We absolutely need a CB, another safety, depth at ILB (if they don’t feel that Spence can contribute right away) and NT and a big, tall WR. Every other position is more of a want than a need for this coming year (yes, even tight end). I wouldn’t be surprised at all if there were only one offensive position picked this year.

  • RW

    Unfortunately, Oher is more of a RT in the pros as well, but for different reasons. We have two capable RTs on the team now in Gilbert and Adams. They’re not flashy, but they get the job done in the running game and are sufficient against the pass.

  • Ryan Barton

    1. Mike Evans or Best available CB.
    2. MLB (Or CB if Evans is taken in 1st rd).
    3. DE/OLB for OLB depth.
    4. Defensive line or Safety depth
    5. RB (Speed/Change-of-pace).
    6. Defense
    7. Defense

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers take 2 OLB prospects for depth.

  • Bob Graff

    The problem is not lighting a fire under Adams but recognizing that you have better talent in place already and not just giving players a spot because of where they were drafted. The word pedigree needs to be washed away.

  • Bob Graff

    Why??? Gilbert has shown more . I believe they should show support to the players that are producing and not try and prove you didn’t make a mistake in the draft.

  • Bob Graff

    What or just hope Jones triples his production and gets 3 sacks next year??? The single most important thing the Steelers need to do is not screw up another draft up. Example , if there is a player who can help us don’t draft a qb in the 4th rd. who will never play a down in the NFL . Our player personnel dept. needs to get it done this year. Even though people think we had a good draft in 2012 look at it a little harder . potential and hype does not win games. Beside from Bell 3.5 ypc which ain’t that good we got very little production out of this years draft.

  • Bob Graff

    90% MENTAL 10% psychical . He’s playing on a different level you can expect different things. Maybe he just doesn’t have it.

  • HiVul

    I absolutely agree with this. All draft picks are a gamble. They may have given L Jones a 2nd round grade but what would they give him now? Better to gamble on positions you need than on ones you don’t. Take the BPA at certain positions, not overall.

    My only disagreement is at TE. If the BPA is a tight end I say take him. It can add a similar dimension to our offense, we need a big tall pass catcher right?

  • Mike Sweeney

    indeed

  • Jeff

    He squandered away an opportunity that he had not because of where he was drafted, but by injuries to the actual starters in 2012… He was given an opportunity.. He finished 2012 with 3 strong performances at RT before being injured himself, but he had all offseason to prepare for 2013… He partied it up in the south side and ended up getting stabbed at 3 AM….. When I say light a fire, I’m talking about having a passion to succeed.

  • Bob Graff

    What i’m saying is that the Steelers are all to ready to give the job to high draft choices and he was given these opportunities because of where he was drafted. If Adams would have played at Beachum’s level he would be a rock for ten years to come , But Beachum is just in a pretty good position.BTW over the last part of the year he was handling some high profile players pretty good.