NEW YORK -- Aaron Glenn had just announced the Houston Texans' second-round pick (Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona) on the stage at Radio City Music Hall. Originally drafted by the Jets in 1994 with the 12th overall pick, the former cornerback had no idea that the NFL lockout was back on after the Eighth Circuit temporarily granted the NFL a stay.
Glenn expressed surprise that players who had just spent a day in their team's facilities would now be locked out again. He feared that ultimately the legal haggling would hurt football, and pointed out that all the fans in the seats in front of him were here for a reason.
"It's bigger than what we think it is and hurting more than just the football players and the owners," Glenn said. "I think the guys capable of making this decision need to make a decision.”
As for his former team, Glenn said that he liked what coach Rex Ryan had brought to the team.
"I'll tell you what, he's not just changed the direction of the team, he's changed the attitude of that team," Glenn said. "You want your team to take on the attitude of the head coach."
He also had high praise for cornerback Darrelle Revis.
"I think he's the best corner in the league, hands down," Glenn said. "You talk about a guy who has the total package, he does."
He said Revis had the confidence in the way he plays that all good corners need.
Glenn said that he was honored when the Texans asked him to announce their pick, and that the experience brought him back to his own day in the NFL draft green room.
"It's an exciting time for them," Glenn said.