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By PFW staff

The Patriots have announced the signing of seventh-round OT Thomas Welch, although terms were not released.

Welch started his college career at Vandersbilt as a tight end but started most of his final two years as a tackle, both on the left and right sides. In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that the 6-7, 310-pound Welch “has very good size with a thick frame” but that he “is still very raw and learning” how to play offensive tackle.

Welch is the third member of New England’s 12 2010 draft choices to sign with the team, following the signing of sixth-round draft choice OL Ted Larsen on May 18 and third-round draft choice WR Taylor Price on May 25th.

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