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Guess who helped recruit Warren to Pats?

Posted by Albert Breer  May 4, 2010 01:12 PM

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"I thought it was very likely, because coach Crennel, Romeo, came down to work me out, the Thursday before the draft," Warren said. "So I thought, ‘They’re showing a lot of interest if I’m getting worked out the Thursday before the draft, one last look.’ So I thought I was gonna end up in New England."

He added, "Never look back, I was blessed and fortunate to get drafted where I got drafted, but sometimes, you think."

It's worth noting that Crennel did wind up getting Warren, when the then-Patriots defensive coordinator was named Browns coach in 2005. Crennel and GM Phil Savage quickly dealt the defensive lineman to Denver for a fourth-round pick ... not exactly a ringing endorsement on his fit in RAC's defense.

But that, of course, was five years ago. Warren's played for two teams since, been employed in all kinds of different defensive looks, and so maybe things are different now. He says he's ready for the change.

"We go out and do our individual drills, but sitting down and talking with Vince kind of gives me some insight on what to expect and techniques that I need to use, and the differences between the 4-3 and 3-4," said Warren, who met with Bill Belichick before the draft and said it was "pretty much a deal" after that sitdown. "It’s coming along pretty well, but once things get moving full speed, that’ll be the test of how I’m picking it up."
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