Patriots announce signing of rookie Welch

The Patriots have announced the signing of seventh-round pick Thomas Welch, an offensive lineman out of Vanderbilt.

Welch weighed in at 6-foot-6 and 307 pounds at February’s Scouting Combine.  A two-year starter for the Commodores, Welch played right tackle as a junior and on the left side as a senior.  The Patriots project him as a versatile reserve, though his primary position is expected to be guard due to a lack of ideal athleticism.
He managed just a 5.46 forty time in Indianapolis.