Patriots ink another draft pick


The Patriots announced moments ago that they’ve come to terms with a third draft pick — Seventh-rounder Thomas Welch, the tackle out of Vanderbilt.

According to a league source, the deal is for four years.

Welch will battle for a job in training camp with a crowded group at tackle. There are three players there who started for long stretches in 2009 (Matt Light, Nick Kaczur, Sebastian Vollmer), and a fourth (Mark LeVoir) who got plenty of playing time.

What could help the 6-foot-7, 310-pounder would be if Kaczur’s appearance at guard during minicamp last week is more than just a cameo at the position in Logan Mankins’ absence.

The other two picks to sign are third-round WR Taylor Price and sixth-round C/G Ted Larsen. That leaves nine picks left unsigned at this very early juncture.


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