Thomas Welch (American football)

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Thomas Welch
New Orleans Saints
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-19) June 19, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Deltona, Florida
Height: 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Brentwood (TN)
College: Vanderbilt
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 208
Debuted in 2011 for the New England Patriots
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2013
Games played 16
Games started 1
Fumbles recovered 0
Stats at NFL.com

Dwayne Thomas Welch, Jr. (born June 19, 1987) is an American football offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Vanderbilt.

He has also been a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, and St. Louis Rams also Philadelphia Eagles.

Early years[edit]

Welch attended Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, where he played football.

College career[edit]

Following high school, Welch played football at Vanderbilt University, where he redshirted as a tight end in 2005. As a freshman in 2006, Welch moved to offensive tackle early in the season after injuries to the team's starting tackles and played in seven games. In 2007, Welch was the team's top offensive tackle reserve and also played on special teams, earning the team's Specialist of the Week award against Kentucky. As a junior in 2008, Welch started all 13 games at right tackle, earning the team's Offensive Player of the Week award against South Carolina. In 2009, his senior season, Welch started 11 games at left tackle and twice earned Offensive Player of the Week Award honors. While at Vanderbilt, Welch played with other NFL players such as D.J. Moore, Jonathan Goff, Chris Williams, and Myron Lewis.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 6⅓ in 307 lb 33¼ in 9½ in 5.42 s 1.78 s 3.06 s 4.80 s 7.67 s 29 in 8 ft 9 in 29 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine.[1]

First stint with Patriots[edit]

Welch was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract on June 4.[2] He was waived during final cuts on September 4, 2010. Welch was offered a chance to be on the Patriot's Practice Squad, but he politely declined. He later accepted the Vikings Practice squad offer and eventually was activated to the 53 man roster. He was on the 53 man roster for the final four weeks of the season once Steve Hutchinson was placed on IR.[3]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

The Minnesota Vikings signed Welch to their practice squad on September 6, 2010.

Second stint with Patriots[edit]

The New England Patriots signed Welch to their practice squad on September 5, 2011. He was signed to the active roster on September 12, 2011. He was released on September 14, 2011. Welch was added back to the practice squad on September 15.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

After being added to the Buffalo Bills' practice squad in November, the St. Louis Rams signed him on November 22, 2011. He was waived on May 3, 2012.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Welch was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles on May 4, 2012.

Personal Life[edit]

In the off season of 2013, Welch completed an internship at Merrill Lynch in Private Wealth Management. He made an appearance on MONEY with Melissa[4] on the Fox Business Network on May 29, 2013 where he discussed the internship and the NFL's involvement with player development in post football careers. Following this interview, Welch was named to Business Insider's Top 36 Football Players on Wall Street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thomas Welch Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-04-28. .
  2. ^ Price, Christopher (2010-06-13). "Update on Patriots’ draft class signing information". WEEI. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  3. ^ vikings.com
  4. ^ MONEY with Melissa

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