www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/welch.jpeg" alt="Welch" title="Welch" width="138" height="215" align="left" />The Patriots drafted five players in the later rounds, including several players with which fans may not be familiar. One of them is Vanderbilt tackle Thomas Welch, 6-foot-7, 315-pounder who Bill Belichick moved up to select.
As rookie camp began today, we ask, Who is he?
“He was a quarterback at one time, and then I think his high school moved him to tight end,” Vandy coach Bobby Johnson told me yesterday. “We recruited him at tight end. When he came here, we had a lot of injury problems on the offensive line, and Thomas was getting bigger. So we moved him to offensive tackle. And in fact, I think his sophomore year, his first playing time was against Florida.”
So much has changed since then.
“That was three years ago, that’s pretty tough to go in there,” Johnson continued. “He did a good job and we kept him there and because he was quarterback and tight end, he’s athletic for his size and he’s big now. He’s close to 6-6 or a little more, over 300 poudns and carries it well and has good feet. Coach Belichick came down and talked to him and asked everybody about him, and I think he feels good about Thomas as one of those guys you just feel like is a good athlete who can handle the position.”