Pats sign 7th-round pick Welch

The New England Patriots announced the signing of seventh-round draft choice OL Thomas Welch. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Welch, an offensive lineman from Vanderbilt, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 208th overall selection.

Welch is the third member of New England’s 12 2010 draft choices to sign with the team, joining sixth-round pick OL Ted Larsen and third-round choice WR Taylor Price.