The Steelers only managed to sign one rookie to his first NFL contract yesterday and it was their final pick OG Kelvin Beachum out of SMU. Art Rooney II said after last season that Ben Roethlisberger’s protection was Priority No. 1 so the Steelers didn’t mess around in the draft and Beachum became the third offensive linemen they selected with their nine picks.
Beachum’s your typical seventh-round pick; he was a depth pick, and since the Steelers desperately needed healthy offensive linemen last year, he looks like the right choice. And if he can make the team, he’ll be a Steeler for the next four years now that he’s signed his contract.
The kid started 52 games for SMU – you know, the team that beat Pitt in the Compass Bowl – so it looks like he should have the durability to stay healthy, and since he played tackle in college and was drafted as a guard, his versatility was probably pretty attractive too.
He’ll have his work cut out for him though just to make the team out of training camp with all of the talent the Steelers have acquired for the line. Unless they decide to go with 10 linemen to start the year, which may not be a terrible idea considering what happened to the line last year, Beachum will probably be a practice squad lineman his first year.
Source: Yardbarker: Pittsburgh Steelers
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