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It was all smiles at the draft, but not all the current players were happy to see the commissioner getting so much love from the draftees.
"It's really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with everyone that has gone on in past months," Packers running back Ryan Grant posted on his Twitter account.
The NFL is far from back to business as usual. Goodell said earlier in the day he feared the fight could last for a while.
"I think the litigation, unfortunately, could go on for some period of time," he told the NFL Network.
He said he was looking forward to the next round of court-ordered talks May 16.
"I think that it's important to get back to that," he said. "That's the type of thing that should happen -- real bargaining across the table."
The boos continued throughout the first round, though they weren't nearly as boisterous as the picks came off the board.
And not all the fans were so tough on Goodell. At least not when they had a chance to get up close to him.
Before the draft, Goodell mingled with fans in the lobby of Radio City Music Hall. Some even posed for pictures with the man many consider the face of the lockout.
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