Jaguars Scouting Report: OT Kelvin Beachum

The Jaguars signed Kelvin Beachum to a two-year contract. At the very least he will compete with Luke Joeckel for the starting job at left tackle. Find out what we can expect to see.

The Jaguars inked former Steelers left tackle Kelvin Beachum and made it official in this release:

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today that the club has signed fifth-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum as an unrestricted free agent.

 

Beachum, 6-3, 303, has spent the last four seasons with Pittsburgh after initially being drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round (248th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft. Beachum has started in 39 of 44 games played, including one postseason contest. In 2015, he started in the team’s first six games before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

 

Beachum started all 16 games in 2014 and made his postseason debut in the AFC Wild Card game vs. Baltimore. He played in seven games during his rookie season in 2012.

 

The Mexia, Texas native started all 52 games in four seasons at Southern Methodist. Beachum was named first-team Conference USA after his junior season. He was named to the conference’s All-Academic team and selected to the Lombardi Award and Outland Award watch lists as a senior. Beachum earned a spot on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s All-Texas team as a sophomore and served as a student representative to the SMU Board of Trustees.

 

Beachum attended Mexia High School, where he was named first-team All-District 19-3A as a senior and second-team All-District as a junior. A two-sport athlete, Beachum averaged a double-double on the school’s basketball team. He can be found on Twitter at: @KelvinBeachumJr.

So what type of player are the Jaguars getting?  We asked Steel City Insider legend Jim Wexell for a scouting report. 

Kelvin is small and light and has a seventh-round pedigree but he's a heck of a player. The coaching staff here loved him, but apparently his pedigree cost him the big money. Even before he tore his ACL in Oct., he and the team couldn't come to an agreement on a contract extension. No doubt Kelvin wanted fair market value for a quality LT, and my guess is the front office viewed him as the short, light, seventh-rounder out of SMU and tried to get him back cheaply. And then when Al Villanueva stepped in and improved weekly -- as a 6-9, 335-pounder who actually looks like an NFL left tackle -- Kelvin was finished here.

Kelvin is a technician. That's his rep. I have no idea what he does particularly well though. I'm certainly not a coach or a scout. He's extremely smart and well-liked in the locker room. 


I wrote a background story in the spring of his rookie year that might help you get to know him better. He was a four-year starting LT at SMU: 
http://www.scout.com/nfl/steelers/story/1194723-snapshot-kelvin-beachum


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