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.

FOXBORO — In the seventh and final round of the NFL draft, the Patriots chose Alabama defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick, Georgia defensive tackle Kade Weston,and Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson. 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.

 FOXBORO -- The Patriots moved up in a trade with the Redskins 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. For more on the NFL draft check out the It Is What It Is blog. 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots selected NC State center Ted Larsen with the 205th overall selection of the draft, a compensatory pick in the sixth round. Larsen, 6-foot-2 5/8 and 304 pounds, played defensive tackle for NC State until 2008, when he moved to center as a junior. For more on the NFL draft, check the It Is What It Is blog. 

FOXBORO -- Boston College offensive lineman Matt Tenant was chosen by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round (No. 158 overall) of the NFL draft Saturday. The 6-foot-4 4/8, 300-pound Tennant’s path to New Orleans makes him the latest in a long line of Eagles to go from Chestnut Hill to the NFL.

 FOXBORO -- The Patriots took Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, making him the third Gator selected by the Patriots this weekend. The 6-foot-2 3/8, 245-pound Hernandez had 12 touchdowns in three seasons at Florida. One of the speedier tight end prospects, he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine in February. He will join Florida teammates Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes in New England.

FOXBORO — Brandon Spikes and Jermaine Cunningham have already taken a memorable journey together as teammates at the University of Florida.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots acquired the Panthers' 2011 second-round pick in exchange for the 89th pick, which they had initially gotten from the Cardinals. A pick later, they selected Ohio receiver Taylor Price. The 6-foot-flat, 204-pound Price had 14 touchdowns in four years at Ohio. He received 2nd-team All-MAC honors as a junior. He runs in the 4.4's but isn't much of a factor in the return game, having returned just 10 kicks and zero punts at Ohio. For more on the Patriots and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog. 

 The Patriots have taken another Florida Gator, with inside linebacker Brandon Spikes the selection at No. 62 of the second round.


 Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham is the pick for the Patriots at No. 53. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound Cunningham figures to be an outside linebacker in the Patriots’ 3-4. In four years at Florida, Cunningham had 33 tackles for losses and 18.5 sacks. Cunningham has off-the-field issues, as he was arrested back in December for attacking a restaurant employee after being told he had to pay for a bag of chips. A quadriceps strain kept him from working out at the Combine or Florida’s Pro Day.