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Wesley Johnson attempting to follow in Kelvin Beachum's footsteps

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The Steelers starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum's versatility was the key to cracking the Steelers 53-man roster in his rookie season. 2014 5th round draft pick Wesley Johnson will be hoping his own versatility can help him follow the same path as Beachum.

Joe Sargent

As a 7th round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, Kelvin Beachum had a long ways to go in securing a spot on the Steelers final 53-man roster.

Despite the odds being stacked against him, Beachum achieved just that by working as hard or harder than anyone else on the team, and attempting to learn multiple positions across the offensive line. It was that versatility and willingness to learn that earned him his roster spot.

In the two seasons since being drafted, Beachum found himself playing center, guard and tackle when required on the Steelers offensive line, ultimately landing at left tackle where he is the Steelers prohibitive starter for 2014.

Beachum's remarkable success story provides an example for the Steelers 2014 5th round pick Wesley Johnson, who faces a similar challenge in earning a roster spot during training camp, and who's versatility is a means with which he can stand apart from the crowd.

Johnson has already played all over the offensive line in training camp, playing as many as three different positions in one practice. For a rookie, learning so many different roles could be extremely challenging, crippling even due to the pressure and demanding nature of the task.

However Johnson has thus far appeared up to the job, and per Scott Brown of ESPN he has succeeded in impressing his legendary offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

"He can handle all of that without being panicky for a young kid," Munchak said. "He can do a lot of things, so it’s just a matter of seeing how it translates into the preseason game."

Interestingly,  Munchak noted that Johnson has been most comfortable at the left tackle position, where he has been getting the majority of his work. Whilst Johnson attempts to follow the trail set by Beachum two years ago and make the final roster, he could well provide competition down the line.

The Steelers are by no means deep on the offensive line, and they would love nothing more than for Wesley Johnson to play his way through camp and preseason and make himself impossible to cut or relegate to the practice squad.

If he continues to display a knack for learning multiple positions, and given the Steelers seemingly never ending saga of injuries on the offensive line, Johnson could have a real chance of making an impact in his rookie season.

First things first though, proving himself tomorrow against the New York Giants in the Steelers first preseason game.