Sunday, April 30, 2006

Jim Williams: The NFL Draft Total Coverage
Jim Williams, The ExaminerApr 29, 2006 7:00 AM (51 mins ago)
BALTIMORE - The National Football League has made the annual college draft an event that defies explanation. I mean no game is played, no one wins or loses anything and the most action you will see is a person walking up to the podium at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall.
But you can bet that Ravens fans will be glued to the tube or listening to their radios digesting every last bit of information. It is football in April what more could you want!
Baltimore’s own Mel Kiper, Jr. is one very busy man this time of the year! It is the 28th year that he has put out a report and the 23rd year that he has been part of the ESPN coverage. The network will dedicate 17 hours to the draft and simply put no one does it better than ESPN.
Here is what Kiper told me the Ravens are likely to do:
Mel Kiper, Jr.: They need help at DT a real space eater that can free up Ray Lewis, I think a great fit would be Haloti Ngata from Oregon he can clog up the middle and also penetrate into the backfield. I also see them taking a QB like Brodie Croyle from Alabama if they can sign Steve McNair as I believe they will.”
The NFL Network will also have 17 hours of coverage and they give you an alternative to the ESPN coverage or you can switch between the two for a little variety.
Can’t watch on TV?
No problem here is what you can expect on radio, with WBAL-AM 1090AM the Ravens new flagship station and ESPN 1300AM both with big plans.
Saturday from will broadcast from 12-4pm. The hosts will be Steve Davis, Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, and Peter Schmuck. WBAL provides an all access pass to Ravens fans from inside the team complex.
Some highlights of the WBAL coverage will be comments from Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta on the prospective 1st round choices. Plus all the interviews with the draft choices and in-depth analysis of all the days’ big stories with access to all the coaches and players for comments.
Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday noon to 5pm - Gary Stein and a surprise partner will be live at the Dave and Busters in Hanover providing Ravens fans plenty useful information as well as a fun place to follow the draft! Live reports from the Ravens complex will be handled by Damon “The Bull Dog,” Yaffe, the as the station makes sure you don’t miss anything draft related.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio
No one covers the NFL Draft with the wall to wall coverage that SIRIUS does. They will cover every round and from 8am this morning till they signoff around 2am Sunday morning they will have it all covered. Then they will be back to on Sunday to do it all again till the draft ends, then Monday they will start to break it down all over again. SIRIUS NFL 124.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.

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