NEW YORK -- I heard my badge gets me anywhere in the building. So I just decided to try it out.
With the draft about to start, I climbed a small step ladder on to the stage behind Michael Lombardi and Jason Lombardi, ducked behind the stage, and found an open curtain with a security guard next to it.
"Can I ..."
Immediately after walking in, I noticed Lane Kiffin. His back was to Nick Saban, who was chatting up the Kalil brothers.
Most of the 26 families in the room looked extremely nervous, especially the mothers. Justin Blackmon watched on TV as Mike Mayock explained there are only six elite players in this draft. Blackmon was the sixth one mentioned. When he heard his name, he exhaled.