The lockout is over, at least until the NFL has its appeal heard, and the Boston Globe's Greg Bedardoffers a rundown of the day's events with regard to [Judge Susan Nelson's ruling](http://www.boston.com/sports/football/articles/2011/04/26/judgeissuesordertoendnfllockoutleaguebeginsappeal/?rssid=Boston.com -- Football news). Tom Curran of CSNNE.com says the ruling has ushered in more confusion than ever. ESPN.com's *Lester Munson *says the ruling is hardly the end of this story. *Ian Rapoport *of the *Boston Herald *has an anonymous Patriots player who is looking for his workout bonus since the lockout is over.
The lifting of the lockout is dominating the NFL landscape this morning but it's still draft central around New England. ESPNBoston'sMike Reissbelieves the uncommon nature of this draft could play right into the Patriots hands. ESPNBoston.com also had Jonathan Kraft *appear as a guest on its new Internet radio program with *Adam Jones. Bedard also has a look at what the Patriots [look for in rookies at various positions](http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2011/04/26/patriotshavecertaindraftstandardsbutcanbethepickytype/?rss_id=Boston.com -- Football news). Rapoport says picking outside linebackers is hardly an easy proposition.
Karen Guregian of the *Boston Herald *takes a look at the singing career of Tully Banta-Cain.