NFL draft to hold moment of silence for tragedies

The NFL will hold a moment of silence at Thursday’s draft for

the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks and Texas fertilizer

plant explosion.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said at a pre-draft event Wednesday

that the league would recognize the two tragedies that took place

last week. The three-day draft begins Thursday night with the first


The NFL said Tuesday that it was increasing security at the

draft after the Boston bombings. There will be about 20 percent

more security personnel and increased K-9 explosive detective teams

on site. All attendees, including players, will be subject to

screenings, including use of metal detectors and pat-downs, and

searches of personal property.