Goodell seeks the draft lowdown

NEW YORK – When I arrived at Radio City Music Hall this morning for Day 3 of the NFL draft, one of the first things I did was pay a visit to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in his green room backstage.

To show you just how much the commissioner cares about the draft, the first thing he said after hello was to ask me who had the best draft. It gives you an idea of just how involved he is in the league.

I told him I thought the Saints have had the best draft through three rounds, and the commissioner asked who I attributed it to — GM Mickey Loomis or coach Sean Payton? I played it straight and told him “both.”

Goodell said he was very pleased with the way it went with the 25 players who attended the draft and believes we could have even more prospects here next year. It worked out that 20 of those players were taken in the first round, and the other four who were expected to be drafted went in the second round (Boston College’s Mark Herzlich was invited to the draft even though he wasn’t expected to be drafted this weekend).

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