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Patriots reportedly add Gerard Warren

04.24.10 at 5:39 pm ET
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The Patriots have signed veteran defensive lineman Gerard Warren, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Warren is a 6-foot-4, 325-pounder out of Florida who has played for Oakland, Denver and Cleveland over the course of his nine years in the NFL. The 31-year-old has had good production over the course of his career, with his best season coming in 2003 with the Browns where he had 32 tackles, to go along with 5.5 sacks.

(UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Patriots coach Bill Belichick just confirmed the signing in his post-draft press conference.)

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Pats take quarterback Robinson

04.24.10 at 5:10 pm ET
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FOXBORO — With their final choice in the NFL draft (No. 250 overall), the Patriots selected Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson. The 6-foot-2 4/8, 214-pound Robinson had 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his senior year at Oklahoma State. He threw for 2084 yards and had a 59.8 completion percentage in 2009.

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Patriots take Deaderick at 247

04.24.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots have chosen Alabama defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick 247th overall. The 6-foot-3 7/8, 314-pound Deaderick had 83 tackles in four years at Alabama but an off-field scare in 2009 was more headline-grabbing than his stats. Deaderick was shot in the arm prior five days before the 2009 season by an attempted robber outside an apartment complex. Deaderick was not seriously hurt and went on to play the entire season.

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Patriots take Weston at No. 248

04.24.10 at 5:03 pm ET
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FOXBORO — With the 248th overall selection, the Patriots took Georgia defensive lineman Kade Weston. Weston is a 6-foot-5, 317 pound defensive lineman who had 16 tackles for loss and 4 1/2 sacks over the course of his career with the Bulldogs.

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Quick hits from Ted Larsen

04.24.10 at 4:50 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Former N.C. State center and new Patriots’ draftee Ted Larsen just wrapped up his conference call with the New England media. Here are some hits:

On transitioning from defensive tackle to center after three seasons on the other side of the ball:

“I’m very glad I did it because it got me drafted. They approached me with the position change a few years ago, my junior year. We needed some ofensive lineman and they thought Icould help them out and I moved over.

“I still feel like I have a lot to learn.”

On the process of learning a new position:

“The coaching staff was great. They pretty much taught me the position and I’m trying to be a student of the game and watch as many guys as I can watch and try to be a better player.”

On his football IQ:

“I try to be a student of the game and that stuff is interesting. I still feel like I have a lot to learn but I feel like that is a strength.”

On potentially playing guard:

“That’s something that anywhere you guy is probably going to be the case. I’m just trying to make myself as versatile as possible and try to help the team as much as may be needed.”

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Pats trade up for Welch

04.24.10 at 3:42 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots moved up to pick No. 208, the first of the seventh round, to take Vanderbilt tackle Thomas Welch. The 6-foot-6 3/8, 307-pound senior has experience at both right and left tackle.

Players move positions from high school to college all the time, but something worth noting is that Welch before playing right end in his senior year at high school, Welch was a quarterback for two years. He went to Vanderbilt as a tight end.

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Hernandez happy to be taken by Patriots

04.24.10 at 3:22 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez was taken by the Patriots with the 113th overall pick. (AP)

FOXBORO — Aaron Hernandez has been taken by his home team.

After the Patriots selected him in the fourth round with the 113th overall pick on Saturday, the Connecticut native reflected on the opportunity to play for the team he rooted for as a kid. Hernandez had a Drew Bledsoe jersey as a kid, and remembers going to his first game at Foxboro Stadium.

“I just remember getting that first Patriots jersey and wearing his jersey all around my house. And then they had [Curtis] Martin at running back, and I just fell in love with the Patriots ever since then,” said Hernandez.

Hernandez is a 6-foot-2, 250-pound tight end who led Florida in receptions last year with 68 catches for 850 yards and five touchdowns last season with the Gators. (For his collegiate career, Hernandez had 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.)

Hernandez is the second tight end taken by the Patriots in this draft — New England took Arizona’s Rob Gronkowski with one of their three second-round selections. The two will get to work with veteran Alge Crumpler, who was signed earlier in the offseason.

“I was hanging out with [Gronkowski] a little at the combine. He’s a cool kid,” Hernandez said of his new teammate. “We have a good relationship, too. He’s a cool kid. We chatted a little bit, laughed together at the combine. I’m looking forward to playing tight end with him.”

In addition, he’s the third Florida Gator to be taken this weekend by the Patriots — Brandon Spikes and Jermaine Cunningham were selected in the second round by New England. The opportunity to have two other college teammates alongside in his rookie year will undoubtedly ease the transition to the next level.

“It will make it a little easier because you will have people you know already and feel comfortable around, but it’s still going to take some getting used to,” Hernandez said. “But it definitely helps to have some teammates around you feel comfortable around.”

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