Kelvin Beachum would be a nice option at right tackle for the Texans.
Other than quarterback, the Houston Texans’ most pressing need this offseason is finding a new right tackle.
One guy that could be a big help to the Texans is Kelvin Beachum who was just released by the Jacksonville Jaguars this past week.
Beachum is only turning 28 years-old this coming June and started 15 games last season for the Jaguars.
Back in 2014, Beachum was considered the Pittsburgh Steelers’ top offensive lineman.
Pro Football Focus wrote the following:
Pittsburgh’s offensive line took another step forward, finishing up at No. 8 in our 2014 offensive line rankings. As a unit, they finished seventh in Pass Rushing Productivity and eight in total pressures allowed even though Roethlisberger was fifth in the league in total dropbacks. And while it takes a village to protect a quarterback, left tackle Kelvin Beachum was the best of the group and one of the best in the league in that regard.
In 2015, Pro Football Focus listed Beachum as the second best free agent offensive tackle.
Beachum was one of the best pass-blocking tackles in 2014, with a third-best 97.5 pass blocking efficiency. Unfortunately, an ACL injury cut his 2015 campaign short before he could continue to build on the previous year’s success. After a rocky opening weekend against the Patriots where Beachum allowed four pressures, he allowed just two pressures over the next five games before being injured this season. He’s been average as a run blocker so far in his career, but with pass protection at a premium nowadays, his pass-blocking grades and ceiling are quite valuable.
Beachum wasn’t great at left tackle last year, but he also wasn’t bad after coming off of an ACL injury in 2015.
If the Texans were to sign Beachum to play right tackle, I think he would flourish next season since there would be less pressure on him on the right side opposed to the left side, where he would have to worry about the opposing defense’s top pass rusher.