Is Kelvin Beachum Ready to Start for the Pittsburgh Steelers?

By Curt Popejoy
Kelvin Beachum
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The 2013 NFL free agency period has been more than a little bumpy for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have given up a great deal of talent on both sides of the football, leaving them with questions about multiple starting spots. One of those spots is likely going to be at the right guard position, as the Steelers have made it official that former starter Willie Colon will be released.

This leaves the starting right guard spot open for two returning players, guards Ramon Foster and Kelvin Beachum. The debate is which of these two players give the Steelers the best chance to win?

On the surface it would seem that Foster, who has 42 career starts in four seasons–including all 16 last season–would be the obvious choice. The only snag with that plan is that while Foster has started, his level of play has been mediocre at best and some would say even worse. Many have speculated that even though Foster is the incumbent, Beachum’s level of play is potentially higher at right guard, and he will have every opportunity to win that starting spot.

My take: I honestly hope that by the time the regular season gets started there is a third option on the roster to start at right guard. I have very little faith in Foster, and Beachum is a 7th round pick and an almost total unknown. After releasing Colon, the interior offensive line became a real worry for me.

Guard David DeCastro missed most of last season with an injury and center Maurkice Pouncey struggles at times with a lack of strength against big 3-4 defensive lines. Who that right guard is going to be is going to be vital and I’m not sure if Beachum or Foster is ready to make this line better.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft, and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard.

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