Patriots add another Gator with Warren

As soon as the draft is over, most teams concentrate on chasing the rookies who were passed over.

The New England Patriots picked up a free agent who was the third choice overall in 2001.

The Patriots signed defensive lineman Gerard Warren to help them fortify an area they didn't address until the seventh round.

Warren started every game at right defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders the past two seasons. He registered 35 tackles, two sacks and four quarterback hits last year.

Warren will help convert Foxborough into North Gainesville. The Patriots drafted three Florida Gators this weekend: Outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, inside linebacker Brandon Spikes and tight end Aaron Hernandez.