Sean Welsh

Iowa
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Prospect Info

College
Iowa
Hometown
Class
Springboro, OH
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
306 lbs
32”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.11
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.43
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
25.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
103.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.9
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.81
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Welsh is not physically imposing off the bus, and looks a bit out of place on an Iowa line filled with huge players. But his versatility, toughness, and mobility earned him a starting role since his freshman season. Welsh started all 13 games in 2017, 10 at right guard and three at right tackle, to earn second-team All-Big Ten recognition. He was a second team USA Today All-American and third-team All-Conference honors as a junior, starting 12 games (11 at right guard, one at right tackle). Welsh started every game his sophomore season at left guard (12 games) or right tackle (two), and was voted honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches for his efforts. Even as a redshirt freshman Welsh earned honors, as the Big Ten Network's website gave him first-team freshman All-Big Ten accolades after he started nine of the 13 games in which he played (seven at left guard, two at right guard). Welsh worked out at center in the spring of 2016, his likely pro position, but moved back to guard to get the best five guys up front.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 7/PFA
NFL Comparison
Austin Blythe
Overview
Capable interior lineman who will likely move to the center spot due to his lack of size and length. While Welsh isn't physically weak, he doesn't have the mass and pure power to win one-on-one matchups and he is best-suited for teams who lean on inside zone running plays. Welsh's solid technique and potential to swing from center to guard in a pinch will benefit his roster chances. Welsh has decent talent, but below average physical traits which could make him a backup who has to try and protect his roster spot.
Strengths
  • Good lower body thickness with broad waist
  • Low center of gravity provides solid base and contact balance through the rep
  • Possesses adequate athletic ability to transition from guard to center
  • Well-schooled and works well in double teams
  • Comes out low and maintains quality pad level with initial quickness to execute reach blocks with leverage and proper positioning
  • Has enough bend to generate thrust into initial contact
  • Uses short, controlled steps in his change of direction
  • Can redirect his weight to adjust his target point on second level and is able to catch and pin stunts
  • Mirrors effectively in pass protection
Weaknesses
  • Undersized by NFL standards as an interior lineman
  • While initial quickness is solid, his athletic ability is nothing special when asked to get into space as a blocker
  • Lacks pop behind his pads as drive blocker and pull blocker
  • Athletic defensive tackles can leave him on his face with sudden arm-over moves off the snap
  • Has tendency to default to grabbing when his hand technique gets off schedule
  • Is good in early part of rep, but inconsistent as a finisher

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league