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Ira Kaufman: Bucs will go defense with ninth overall pick

Posted on 25 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Ira Kaufman covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the Tampa Tribune, and the Bucs have undergone some major changes this offseason as they promoted Dirk Koetter to offensive coordinator, and hired former Ravens coach and Falcons head coach Mike Smith to be their defensive coordinator.

The Buccaneers also have a Top 10 pick in next week’s draft as they prepare to select ninth overall. Which side of the ball are the Bucs targeting, and who does Ira think they will ultimately select?

To hear Nestor’s full conversation with Ira Kaufman, listen here:

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Rick Ballou: Jags could take Tunsil if still on board at #5

Posted on 25 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Rick Ballou covers the Jaguars and joined Nestor on WNST to discuss their draft plans as they are due to pick one slot ahead of the Ravens as they hold the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Who does Rick think the Jaguars will select, and will they snag someone that the Ravens really would like to grab at number six?

To catch Rick Ballou’s full conversation with Nestor, click here:

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Charean Williams: Cowboys keep draft plans close to vest

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Charean Williams covers the Dallas Cowboys and thus is always subjected to the media circus that constantly surrounds what many consider to be American’s Team.

That said, there is one time of the year that the Cowboys keep things unusually quiet…

“They have pulled some surprises, and really, this is the one thing they do that they keep their cards close to their sleeve,’ Williams said. “When it comes to the draft, you really don’t know what the Cowboys are going to do and this year is another example of that.”

“The obvious need is defensive end, there’s no question about that, “Williams said. “Everyone thinks they’re going Joey Bosa, but I don’t think anybody would be surprised if they come out of this draft with Jalen Ramsey if he’s there or Ezekiel Elliott if he’s there.”

To hear Nestor’s complete conversation with Charean Williams, click here:

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Mark Eckel: Lots of people affected by Eagles trade

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Mark Eckel has been covering the Philadephia Eagles for a long time, and there are not many moments that have created as much buzz as the Eagles trading up to the #2 spot in the 2016 Draft in an effort to, by all indications, select quarterback Carson Wentz.

When a trade of such magnitude is made, the ramifications are sure to be felt well into the future. Eckel touched on some of those possibilities.

“The future of a lot of people were affected by that trade,” Eckel said. “Obviously quarterback Sam Bradford’s future is up in the air. He won’t be an Eagle for much longer, maybe this year. The head coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman, both of their careers are kind of on the line with this pick, if it is Carson Wentz as we all have kind of come to the conclusion that it is. If Wentz is not the answer, if he is another Ryan Leaf, then Doug Pederson is not going to be a head coach for very long, and Howie Roseman probably won’t be involved in personnel very long.”

Mark went on to share many more in-depth thoughts regarding this blockbuster trade. To hear his complete conversation with Nestor, listen here:

 

 

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Nestor Aparicio: Trades have created “dream scenario” for Ravens

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Nestor Aparicio joined Howard Balzer’s radio show in St. Louis to discuss the Baltimore Ravens draft outlook as the 2016 NFL Draft is less than a week away.

With two quarterbacks expected to go with the first two picks, the Baltimore Ravens will have the opportunity to draft one of the best non-quarterback players in the draft. Will Jalen Ramsey, the top rated cornerback from Florida Sate, still be available, and if so, will the Ravens definitely take him? What are some other options for the Ravens at the sixth spot? Nestor dishes on some Ravens possibilities as the draft quickly approaches.

Also, who does Nestor believe was the biggest free agent signing for the Ravens this offseason?

To hear Nestor Aparicio’s full conversation with Howard Balzer, listen here:

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Join us on our WNST Purple Roadtrips in 2016!

Posted on 19 April 2016 by WNST Trips

We at WNST have been taking thousands upon thousands of passionate purple fans on roadtrips for nearly 20 years, and we expect 2016 to provide some of our best experiences yet as we head to “Jerryworld” in Dallas for the first time, Jacksonville, and Cleveland (with a stop over at the Pro Football Hall of Fame). We’ll also be visiting The Meadowlands twice in 2016 as the Ravens face both the New York Jets and New YorK Giants.

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As always, if you have any questions and/or special requests related to any of our WNST Purple Trips, please don’t hesitate to shoot an email to nasty@wnst.net anytime at all.

We hope to see you on the road with us as the Ravens get back to their winning ways in 2016!

 

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Ed Hale on Blast title game: “It was so crazy, but it was a fun crazy”

Posted on 19 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Ed Hale joined Nestor fresh off of the Baltimore Blast’s 8th title and recapped their season as well as their unique experience playing for the championship in Senora, Mexico.

“When we got into the game, the entire arena, including all the aisle ways, were standing room only,” Hale said. “If a bomb went off or if a fire started in that place, there would have been thousands of people dead. It was so crazy, but it was fun crazy. The game was really really well played by both teams.”

The Baltimore Blast now have brought eight championships home to Baltimore. Congrats to Ed, Kevin Healey, Coach Kelly, and everyone involved in the Blast organization!

To hear Nestor’s full conversation with Ed Hale, listen here:

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Christian Page: Mock drafts “in the shredder” following Rams trade

Posted on 19 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Christian Page joined WNST this week as we quickly approach the 2016 NFL Draft, and discussed the trade that, as Page said, has put all of the previous mock drafts in the shredder.

Page covers the Titans down south, and from a Titans fan perspective, Page is happy with the big deal.

“Absolutely, and I don’t think the Titans are necessarily done yet,” Page said. “They have plenty of ammo to move up back into the Top 10 and maybe get an offensive tackle to protect Mariota with some injuries and sack problems that the Titans had last season.”

Of course, the trickle down effect that the trade will have on the teams picking in the 3-6 range, including the Ravens, has not been lost on draft analysts across the country,

“With the Rams moving up to take a quarterback and with Cleveland always in the quarterback conversation picking at two, that shifts the best player available down to Baltimore, and we all know general manager Ozzie Newsome likes the best player available and he’s sitting home enjoying everything the Titans just did with the Rams.”

To hear Nestor’s full conversation with Christian Page, listen here:

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Peter King: Browns will trade pick if Rams take Jared Goff

Posted on 19 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Our good friend Peter King checked in with Nestor this week on WNST as we are less than two weeks away from the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago.

This is the second year that the draft is being held later than usual in the calendar year, and count Peter King in as someone who is not a fan of the most recent change.

“It’s hard to take any more of the hype,” King said. “The teams don’t need any more time. I always think too, with the later draft, what you’re doing is you’re hurting the chances of important players for that year’s team contributing to that year’s team. Let’s say for the sake of argument that you draft a quarterback that you’re hoping can play that year. The later you draft, the less time that important player to your franchise has to develop and get ready to play. And that kind of bothers me.”

“I think teams can easily be ready in the middle of April, but pushing it into May I think really starts to effect the product on the field the following September,” King said.

Talk turned towards the top of the draft, where the Rams now hold the number one pick while the Browns hold the second pick. King believes the Rams prefer Jared Goff, which would present an interesting situation for Cleveland.

“I’ve heard that Cleveland is very very willing to get out of number two, and Cleveland is certainly not set on taking a quarterback,” King said. “I think Cleveland’s guy would be Goff, and if they can’t get him, my gut is they’re going to trade.”

To hear Nestor’s complete conversation with Peter King, listen here:

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Justin McGuire: O’s must find reliable starters to make 2016 great

Posted on 19 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Justin McGuire joined Nestor to discuss the Orioles’ promising start to the 2016 season and touched on a variety of topics, including their surprise 7-0 start.

“It’s the best start in Baltimore Orioles history,” McGuire said. “It’s a bit surprising that they started out as well as they did. I think the reason they did is kind of what we expected, hitting a lot of home runs and scoring a lot of runs. That’s kind of what we expected from this team…if they can keep that up, it’s going to be a real interesting year.”

While there are mostly positive things to say about the Orioles’ offense, their pitching may prove to write a different script as the season unfolds. Justin touched on the newest starter in town, Yovani Gallardo.

“I think if you’re flying on Gallardo to be a top of the rotation guy, that tells you all you need to know about that rotation,” McGuire said. “If you look at the numbers the last several years, his velocity and consistency has been down, and he’s been pretty uniformly awful after the sixth inning the past couple years. We saw that a couple days ago too, he is a guy that runs out of gas and doesn’t get deep into games for you.”

Justin continued to discuss the starting pitching, and made it clear that he feels that area of the team is the key to a successful 2016 season in Birdland.

To hear Nestor’s complete chat with Justin McGuire, click here:

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