NFL “Business Season” Updates

NFL “Business Season” Updates

Site News
There is a rhytm to the NFL year, and there's likewise a rhythm to our year here at PowerHouse. In the fall, our attention is on the on-field competition on Sundays, but even before the Super Bowl, the college all-star games begin to usher in the next phase of the year. NFL General Managers and their virtual counterparts here on our site shift the focus to preparing for free agency and the NFL Draft. (more…)
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2016 NFL Draft Prospects Updated

2016 NFL Draft Prospects Updated

iGM Game, NFL Draft Prospects
With the 2016 all-star games and scouting Combine now behind us, it's full steam ahead through pro days to the 2016 NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday, April 28th. The NFL is unique among all major sports in that you could make a credible argument that the "business season" (don't call it the off-season around these here parts, buster) is every bit as dramatic as the regular season. And that's just fine with us, as in our little corner of the world, this is our favorite time of the year. We have had our 2016 NFL Draft Prospects up on our site since November. We typically start with about 1,000 draft-eligible prospects, then delete a few (more on that in a moment) and add a bunch. No matter how hard…
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NFL Draft Prospect Grading Systems

NFL Draft Prospect Grading Systems

NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects, Site News
[Note: This article is the first in a long series of new permanent content being posted to the PowerHouse Library. Yes, long-suffering PowerHouse friends, the "under construction" image has been removed, and we are at last building out this content...] A Standard for Communications It's one thing to have an opinion of a draft prospect, but it's quite another to articulate that opinion to a group of your colleagues in a way that can be useful in the decision-making process, and can be understood even if you're not standing there waving your arms and gushing about him or crinkling your nose in disgust.Real NFL scouts use descriptive language and common verbiage to clearly and efficiently explain traits that prospects have or lack, and they have plenty of opportunity to explain…
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Complete 2016 NFL Draft Order

Complete 2016 NFL Draft Order

NFL Draft, Site News
Congratulations to the Broncos for their victory in Super Bowl 50, to Peyton Manning for winning his second championship, and to Von Miller for his superb play throughout the playoffs and his Super Bowl MVP award. Miller is one of the most dynamic young defenders in the game, and was one of the nicest young men I have met in person in my years going to Mobile for the Senior Bowl. Both the Broncos and the Panthers offer great lessons for our virtual NFL General Managers playing our iGMTM game, but that's a topic for another time. The NFL is truly the game that never stops, and this time of year is about turning the page and looking forward to the Scouting Combine, free agency, pro days, and the NFL…
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PowerHouse Turns 20… Sort of…

PowerHouse Turns 20… Sort of…

iGM Game, Site News
I use Outlook calendar, and sometimes I get reminders that I totally forgot about (I know, that's what reminders are for.) But this was a good one: February 2nd is one of PowerHouse's milestone anniversaries. It was on that date in 1996 when I first had the idea that would eventually become our NFL General Manager simulation. Twenty years ago yesterday. (more…)
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Movin’ the Chains Mock Draft #1

Movin’ the Chains Mock Draft #1

Mock Drafts, NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects
We all have our favorite sources for NFL Draft content on the web. NFL Network, in addition to their coverage of the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine, and prospect Pro Days, has catnip for draftniks (how's that for an awkward phrase?) in the form of their daily "Path to the Draft" show. Of course, in print, the best draft publication on the planet is Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft, and our paid Members can get their guide for free this year. Here at PowerHouse, we have SiriusXM NFL Radio on pretty much all the time, and their best show, hands down, is "Movin' the Chains," with former NFL personnel man Pat Kirwan and former journeyman (in case he reads this) QB Jim Miller. Every year, they do a…
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More Player Trades than Usual?

More Player Trades than Usual?

NFL Draft, NFL Transactions
Earlier this week, I had an interesting email exchange with Shane Johnson - one of the guys here at PowerHouse who does a lot of great work for us. You will hear a lot more from Shane in the coming weeks... The topic was Shane's speculation that the way the NFL Draft might fall could lead to teams having a "best available" in front of them who is at a position that is not a need, and in that case, might we see veteran players traded during the Draft, potentially including Adrian Peterson, to clear cap space and open a path for the draftees. I thought the conversation was interesting enough to turn into a blog post, so here it is... SHANE: Hey, Chris. A couple of weeks ago I read where…
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2015 NFL Draft | Partnership with Ourlads!

2015 NFL Draft | Partnership with Ourlads!

Football Scouting, NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects
We have big news today! Like, really big. Here at PowerHouse, we often say our iGMTM game is "The most realistic simulation of being an NFL General Manager on the planet. Period." Well, if that's true (and it is,) Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft is the most intelligent, unbiased, and professional NFL Draft prospects guide on the planet... exclamation point! (more…)
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NFL Calendar Updated

NFL Calendar Updated

NFL Calendar, NFL News
NFL General Managers have a job that never ends. But, their focus does shift to different activities at different times during the year, as dictated by the NFL's calendar. At PowerHouseGM.com, we keep an up-to-date calendar of the NFL's business schedule, not just the schedule for games. We updated that calendar today with key dates through July, and you can view it here. The updates we just added were based on communications from the NFL, and here's the document that we used: FOR USE AS DESIRED 12/17/14 http://twitter.com/345 2014-2015 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE IMPORTANT DATES – DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE – (more…)
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