NFL increases security for draft

Robert Griffin III was the second player taken last year. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last week, the NFL will increase security for the draft, which begins Thursday night in New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

“The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very high level of security since 9/11 for all of our games and events,” Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer, said in a statement released by the league. “With the help of the FBI, New York Police Department, Radio City and our private security partners, we will enhance our already comprehensive plans for the safety of our fans and other attendees.”

Metal detectors, pat-downs and personal-property searches will be used to screen fans. Fans who do not consent will be denied entrance to the three-day event. Fans are advised to bring as few items as possible. Backpacks, among other items, are prohibited.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · April 23, 2013