IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa guard Sean Welsh agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins after the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register.
Iowa OL Sean Welsh signing with the Washington Redskins, per his agent.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) April 28, 2018
Welsh, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 309 pounds, long was a mainstay for the Iowa offensive line. He started 48 career games beginning with his freshman season in 2014. He was voted a first-team all-Big Ten guard in 2017 and was named a permanent team captain. Welsh also played in the Senior Bowl in January and participated in the NFL combine in early March.
Known as one of the most versatile linemen in Iowa history, Welsh has started games at three different positions and worked extensively at another. He finished his career with 23 starts at right guard, 19 at left guard and 6 at right tackle. Welsh also worked all spring in 2016 at center. Despite not taking snaps at center that season, Welsh was named third-team all-Big Ten at center.
“That’s what I bring to the table, that versatility,” Welsh said. “I’ve played every position but left tackle at Iowa. If I’m able to answer those questions, I want to be that kind of guy.
“I don’t have any game experience [at center], but it’s something I’ve been talking to teams about.”
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Welsh did not have an easy run at Iowa. Following the 2014 season, he was diagnosed with depression and did not attend spring football practice. He lost weight and appeared on his way out. But after finding the right medication, Welsh returned to the program and started every game in 2015.
At the NFL combine, Welsh was open and honest about depression, his experiences and the medication he takes. He even wants to become a mental health advocate as well as a professional athlete.
“Everybody has been very receptive,” Welsh said. “I think I’ve been very forthright with my experience. It’s something, I think is a real crisis in this country. You look at a lot of recent events, it’s a big issue, a hot-button issue, just mental health in general. I’d like to be someone who can bring that kind of perspective to a locker room because people are sensitive talking about it and guys, it’s something that I’ve had teammates at Iowa talk to me. I’d like to be kind of a resource for a team, in a way.
“I basically give them a full rundown of my history. The list of medication I’m on, what I do to manage it. Just to show them I’m on top of it and it’s something that I do manage and have managed for some time.”
Welsh hails from Springboro, Ohio. He was a three-year member of Iowa’s leadership council.