An NFL draft that will be memorable for all the wrong reasons is now in the books.
The league's labor problems trickled down into what is usually an upbeat event. A reminder came every time NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was booed as he took the Radio City Music Hall stage.
Because of the off-again-on-again nature of the NFL's lockout, first-round draft picks were allowed inside their team facilities Friday to grab playbooks while those chosen in the later rounds are at least temporarily barred from reporting because of a court order. College free agents have it even worse. NFL teams are currently prohibited from signing players who could become the next Tony Romo or Pierre Thomas. That has left more than 450 NFL prospects twiddling their collective thumbs.