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Colorado State HC McElwain thinks Raven Gillmore is rare natural TE in NFL

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens.com’s Eisenberg says LB Mosley was top 10 player on team draft board

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens make surprise splash by trading future pick to select Wake Forest WR Campanaro

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Ravens make surprise splash by trading future pick to select Wake Forest WR Campanaro

Posted on 10 May 2014 by Brett Dickinson

Michael CampanaroOWINGS MILLS, Md.- Just when everyone thought the Baltimore Ravens were finished in the 2014 NFL Draft, they pulled off a last minute trade.  In a rare swap of a future pick for Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens gave up a 2015 sixth round selection for the 218th pick.  That selection turned into Wake Forest wide receiver and River Hill High School alum, Michael Campanaro.

The organization essentially avoided the receiver position the entire draft, in one of the deepest classes in the position’s history.  But with selecting Campanaro, the team believes they have found a slot receiver in the same mold of Wes Welker or Danny Amendola.  He is slight in stature, but understands underneath routes and controls the middle of the field.

Yet again the team is banking on improvement from current players on the roster to step up and fill important roles in the passing game.  But if the team gets any production from the likes of Campanaro and last year’s seventh round pick Aaron Mellette, the position is instantly deeper than originally anticipated. After ignoring the offensive side of the ball for the first three rounds, the Ravens finished by selecting four straight offensive players.

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Newsome and DeCosta not finished building roster after draft is complete

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Wake Forest WR Campanaro says there is no extra pressure playing for hometown team

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens Find Flacco’s future backup in sixth round in Ball State QB Keith Wenning

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Ravens Find Flacco’s future backup in sixth round in Ball State QB Keith Wenning

Posted on 10 May 2014 by Brett Dickinson

Keith WenningOWINGS MILL, Md.- General manager Ozzie Newsome  decided to find insurance at quarterback in taking Ball State’s Keith Wenning in the sixth round.  Many reports believed the team would look for a signal caller late in the draft, with Tyrod Taylor’s contract up after next season.  The team is unlikely to retain the current second string quarterback and looked to the future in Wenning as Joe Flacco’s official clip board holder.

The former All-MAC player holds all sorts of records for his former University, including owning the top three single season marks for completions for the Cardinals. Ball State built its offense around Wenning slinging the ball down the field, with a strong arm and good accuracy.  Though the level of competition in the MAC is underwhelming, inflating his statistics which include the all-time passing yards and passing touchdown record for his Alma Mater.

Wenning has a lot of experience, starting all games in his college career except two during his freshman year. He has a good understanding that he was picked to only backup Flacco stating, “not everybody gets the opportunity to play behind a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.”

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Ball State QB Wenning excited to learn from Super Bowl MVP Flacco

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Penn State G Urschel brings intelligence to offensive line unit

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens Scouting Director Horitz happy team found physical players in fourth round

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens Wait Until Fifth Round To Add Offensive Lineman With Penn State G Urschel

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Ravens Wait Until Fifth Round To Add Offensive Lineman With Penn State G Urschel

Posted on 10 May 2014 by Brett Dickinson

John UrschelOWINGS MILLS, Md.- It took until the fifth round and the 175th overall pick for the Baltimore Ravens to address their offensive line in the NFL Draft, with the selection of Penn State guard John Urschel.  Many expected the organization to address the need as early as the 17th selection, but missed out on their initial target Notre Dame’s Zack Martin.  But Urschel did play in a pro style offense for his entire college career, especially under now Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

The one thing that drastically stands out about Urschel is his intelligence, being a two time Academic All-American and winner of William V. Campbell Trophy as the nations premier college football Scholar-Athlete. He also obtained his Masters degree in Mathematics, while enrolled in Penn State.  He displayed that on the field with good instincts and understanding of assignments.

On the field, he was elected as a Co-Captian for the Nittany Lions in 2013. Though there are not many statistics to quantify an offensive lineman’s performance, he has recorded 21 “touchdown-resulting” blocks in his career.  He is a two year starter (24 games), while playing all three interior line positions in his career.

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