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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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NFL GM Game: PowerHouse is Growing

NFL GM Game: PowerHouse is Growing

iGM Game, Site News
The 2014 NFL season is off to a fast start, and PowerHouse is starting fast as well. We've made a ton of improvements to our site and iGMTM, our NFL General Manager game, and those will only continue throughout the 2014 season and beyond. Here's a glimpse at what we've already done and what we'll be doing in the near future... First, we've made a long overdue change to our site by placing our standard header on all of our pages, both content pages, like this blog posting, and our iGMTM game pages. You can now access the entire site in one way from any page using one menu structure, and you'll see your login status wherever you are. It looks like this: Putting our header on every site page…
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2014 Hall of Fame Class Serves as a Reminder of Approaches to Building Winners in the NFL

2014 Hall of Fame Class Serves as a Reminder of Approaches to Building Winners in the NFL

NFL Players
Seven Inductees, Seven Paths to Greatness   The NFL is a star-driven league. Yes, obscure players and career journeymen can leap to prominence at any time, like Chase Blackburn in SB XLVI. Blackburn, a seven-year NFL journeyman, was about to begin a second career as a math teacher in Ohio in 2011 before the Giants called mid-season to bring him back due to injuries to linebackers Michael Boley and Mark Herzlich. Two months later, he intercepted Tom Brady 50 yards downfield in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl in a (the?) pivotal play in the Giants’ 21-17 upset win. But Blackburn’s case is the exception, not the rule. Even the most successful NFL teams are made up mostly of mediocre players – journeymen, developmental young players, backups whose primary…
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The Last 2014 NFL Mock Draft You’ll Ever Need

The Last 2014 NFL Mock Draft You’ll Ever Need

Mock Drafts, NFL Draft
I love mock drafts. There, I admitted it. The definition of a "guilty pleasure" (according to Google,) is "something... that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard." If that doesn't describe mock drafts, I don't know what does. It's one thing to do a mock on your own, but it's an entirely different experience to involve others, either one or two other friends or a large group where each participant drafts for one or more teams. My good friend Dave Johnson and I have been doing a mock draft a few days before the NFL Draft for years. This year we skipped the inefficiencies of email and used Facebook chat to do it, resulting in a more real-time experience and an overall good time.…
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2014 NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterbacks

2014 NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterbacks

NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects
Though I would never consider myself an expert in the art of scouting NFL Draft prospects for the NFL, I am coming to the conclusion that projecting how quarterbacks translate to the game played on Sundays is nothing more than a crapshoot. As we all know, the offensive system an NFL team employs will make particular quarterbacks rank much higher or lower than other teams may project. Over the last several months I have combed through more than 500 videos of 30-plus college players hoping to find the next Tom Brady or Russell Wilson. Nearly all “highlight” videos I came across were not viewed. Avoiding these is very important in keeping the players true ability in perspective. Within the many hours of study, I began to feel that Bridgewater, Manziel,…
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NFL Mock Draft by Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller

NFL Mock Draft by Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller

Mock Drafts
On Friday, March 28th, Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, hosts of the "Movin' the Chains" show on SiriusXM's NFL Radio channel, held their second mock draft of the season. As an aside, if you don't listen to this channel in general and this show in particular, you're missing out. I rarely turn it off. Jim made the odd-numbered picks and Pat made the even-numbered picks. I have participated in mock drafts like this, and doing them with someone else definitely adds a unique perspective. We also will once again run a group mock draft in our Forum, as we did last year.   Picks 1 through 10   Jim started things off by sending Blake Bortles to the Texans. Pat traded the Rams' pick down to the #6 spot with…
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