Fans across the country will watch their team closely when the NFL draft begins Thursday night, hoping their team picks a player that will change their franchise's fortunes forever.
Will it be a quarterback? A wide receiver? An offensive tackle? Those questions will begin to be answered as teams continue to assemble their rosters.
The NFL lockout is over, at least for now, after the federal judge who told team owners to end their shutdown again sided with the players. Judge Nelson Wednesday denied the owners' request to stay the injunction she had imposed on Monday. The NFL says it will appeal the decision and practically, the football season won't start until the two sides have reached a deal.
Still, the NFL's draft will start Thursday, as scheduled.
Mike Reiss who covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com told Morning Edition's Bob Oakes that he expects the Pats to look for size on both sides of the ball — big offensive and defensive tackles — and that it's a good draft to have line concerns.
This program aired on April 28, 2011.