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NFL to observe moment of silence before draft

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Before commissioner Roger Goodell announces the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday night in New York, there will be a moment of silence.

"We will have a moment of reflection for both the victims in Boston and in Texas," Goodell said Wednesday in reference to the Boston Marathon bombing and the fertilizer plan explosion in west Texas last week.

The NFL is beefing up security for the draft at Radio City Music Hall. No backpacks will be allowed inside and fans who attend will face screenings before entering.

"We always re-evaluate our security measures for any event we have and this is no different," Goodell said. "We worked with the local officials to make some changes to our security program. Ensuring all of our events is a very important priority for us."

Goodell also said at a pre-draft event that he has spoken with Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam about a federal investigation into alleged fraud at his family's Pilot Flying J truck stops. He acknowledged there's concern but added that that league had no way of knowing about the investigation when Haslam's ownership bid for the Browns was approved by the league last year.

"Jimmy's doing everything he's asked. He's cooperating," Goodell said. "He wants to make sure that he's doing all the right things in that regard, and he's assured us he's going to."
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