Kelvin Lee Beachum Jr. (born June 8, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at SMU, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (248th overall) of the 2012 NFL draft. He has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Beachum played offensive left tackle at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He was a four-year starter for the Mustangs. He played alongside Josh LeRibeus later picked in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Redskins.
Coming out of college, Beachum was projected to by the majority of analysts to be selected in the seventh round or be a priority undrafted free agent. He was ranked as the 24th best offensive guard although he played tackle in college. Many analysts and scouts were conflicted on his position due to his height. Beachum was invited to the NFL Combine as an offensive tackle and was able to complete all the drills and positional workouts. On May 14, 2012, he participated at SMU's Pro Day and decided to only do the bench. Although he lacked size for an offensive tackle, scouts did compliment his lateral movement and quickness of the ball.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40‑yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20‑ss||3‑cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2 7⁄8 in|
|33 1⁄4 in|
|9 3⁄8 in|
|5.44 s||1.85 s||3.12 s||4.80 s||7.79 s||28 1⁄2 in|
|8 ft 5 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Beachum in the seventh round (248th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the 20th and last offensive tackle taken and was the third offensive lineman drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the draft.
On May 10, 2012, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Beachum to a four-year, $2.14 million contract with a signing bonus of $49,816.
He entered training camp competing with Max Starks, Marcus Gilbert, Mike Adams, and Chris Scott for a starting offensive tackle position. The Steelers named him the third left tackle on their depth chart behind Max Starks and Mike Adams to begin the regular season.
On September 23, 2012, Beachum made his professional regular season debut in a 34-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders. On November 18, 2012, he earned his first career start at right tackle in a 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens after Marcus Gilbert was placed on injured reserve with torn tendons in his ankle and backup Mike Adams had an ankle injury. He finished his rookie season with a total of five starts in seven games, played 314 offensive snaps, and earned a -2.8 grade from Pro Football Focus. Beachum was graded -2.9 in pass blocking after allowing 18 pressures on 205 pass blocking snaps.
With the departure of Max Starks, Beachum entered training camp competing for the vacant left tackle position with Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams. He was named the backup to starting right tackle Gilbert and starting left tackle Adams to begin the regular season. He earned his first official start of the season in the Pittsburgh Steeler's season-opener, beginning the game as a tight end, during a 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans. During a Week 6 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, Beachum was named the starting left tackle in place of Mike Adams and remained the starter for the remainder of the season. Beachum finished the 2013 season with 12 starts in 15 games and played 840 offensive snaps, earning an -0.4 grade from Pro Football Focus.
Beachum entered the regular season in 2014 as the Pittsburgh Steeler's de facto starting left tackle. He finished his third season starting all 16 regular season games and was ranked the fifth best left tackle by Pro Football Focus. He also earned the fifth highest grade among tackles, finishing with a +21.7 overall grade from PFF and a 97.5 grade in pass blocking efficiency. Beachum finished third in pass blocking efficiency, behind only Andrew Whitworth and Joe Thomas.
Entering his last year of his rookie contract, the Pittsburgh Steelers offered Beachum a contract extension, but he declined their offer.
Beachum entered his final year on his rookie contract in 2015 and started the regular season at left tackle. On October 18, 2015, he left during a 25-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals after tearing his left ACL. He was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
On March 9, 2016, Beachum became a free agent and was ranked by PFF as the second best free agent offensive tackle behind Cordy Glenn. He met with multiple teams, including the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
While with the Steelers, he appeared in 44 games with 39 starts.
He entered his first training camp with the Jaguars competing with Luke Joeckel to be the starting left tackle. On August 30, 2016, head coach Gus Bradley named him the starting left tackle to begin the regular season. Beachum made his first start for the Jacksonville Jaguars in their season-opening 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He suffered a concussion in a Week 2 matchup against the San Diego Chargers and was inactive for Week 3. He returned the following game and started the last 13 games of the regular season. Beachum finished his first season with the Jaguars starting in 15 games and was considered a disappointment after surrendering 49 quarterback pressures.
On February 15, 2017, the Jaguars declined Beachum's four-year option, making him a free agent.
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