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Thomas Welch
No. 66     Buffalo Bills
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-19) June 19, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: Deltona, Florida
High School: Brentwood (TN)
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
College: Vanderbilt
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 208
Debuted in 2011 for the New England Patriots
Career history
*New England Patriots ( 2010)*
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
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 Buffalo Bills 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 yearsEdit

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

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 6⅓ in 307 lb 5.42 s 1.78 s 3.06 s 4.80 s 7.67 s 29 in 8 ft 9 in 29 rep

First stint with PatriotsEdit

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 VikingsEdit

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

Second stint with PatriotsEdit

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 RamsEdit

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 EaglesEdit

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

Personal Life Edit

In 2012 Welch married his college sweetheart, Meghan. The two met while both attending Vanderbilt University. Meghan was a member of the Varsity Women's Soccer team.

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.

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