It’s Draft Season!

It’s Draft Season!

NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects, Site News
Well, it’s always Draft Season, but, you know what I mean. Hopefully, you’re in the thick of doing your own research and evaluations, and maybe you’ve even begun assigning grades and building your own draft board. Personally, between running PowerHouse, being a dad, and spending time with my girlfriend, I simply don’t have enough time to watch a ton of college football. So, my process really starts with the Senior Bowl. Here on the site, we’ve done a lot to set up for the Draft, and we’re continuing to do more as quickly as we can. (more…)
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NFL Draft Season is Here Once Again

NFL Draft Season is Here Once Again

NFL Calendar, NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects, Site News
  This morning at breakfast, my younger son, who's eleven, asked me, "Dad, would you rather not watch the Super Bowl, or not watch the NFL Draft?" He was absolutely not kidding, and it speaks volumes that I had to think about it before deciding I co uld deal with listening to some live Draft podcast if I had to. Any other answer would be putting the cart before the horse, wouldn't it? The Draft is very different than when I first started following it closely as a collegian at Lehigh in the mid-1980s. The event has taken on a life of its own, spawning an entire cottage industry, and nobody says "Draftniks" anymore (because there are so many of us now that we're no longer a fringe element?) While…
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5 Running Backs to Watch for the 2018 NFL Draft

5 Running Backs to Watch for the 2018 NFL Draft

NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects
The grind of the college football season can change the dynamics of NFL Draft boards. As early-season favorites fail to impress, a new crop of draft-eligible candidates can emerge. We identify five running backs definitely worth watching: 1. SAQUON BARKLEY, Penn State With big-league quickness and sports-car-like acceleration, Barkley boasts a complete set of tools including the ability to evade tacklers. In today’s multi-unit, heavy-passing game plan, Barkley can serve as an all-down back thanks to a fine balance of rushing and receiving yards. Adding a player with Barkley’s ability can really provide a wide range of options for quarterbacks at the line of scrimmage. (more…)
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Scouting the NFL Draft for Dummies

Scouting the NFL Draft for Dummies

Football Scouting, NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects
Amateur Scouting & Draft Season If you’re our kind of person, this is your favorite time of the year. Baseball is on the horizon, and the NCAA tournament is in full swing, but the real March madness for us is scouting for the NFL Draft. Like most of you, scouting is a hobby for me. I have no professional scouting experience, but I have been to one degree or another forming my own opinions about NFL Draft prospects since around 1985, when I was in college. I’m an old-school “draftnik” (does anyone really use that word anymore?) and I was at the Marriott Marquis in person when Vinny Testaverde was drafted first overall in 1987 and the idea of actually attending an event that consisted of guys handing cards to…
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2017 NFL Draft Prospects Live

2017 NFL Draft Prospects Live

NFL Draft Prospects, Site News
  With both the NFL and college football seasons in full swing, it's not only time to enjoy both, but also time to crank up the scouting effort for the 2017 NFL Draft. We normally shoot for November 1st to get the draft prospects in place, but we beat that by a few weeks this year - the initial list of 1,000 prospects is now live on the Prospects page, under the Draft Room tab. Thanks to our friends at CBSSports.com, once again our source for our draft prospects list. Rob Rang and his team are always among the first to not only produce a deep, comprehensive list, but also to write meaningful scouting content for our rabid draft fans. (more…)
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Deep Running Back Pool in 2017 NFL Draft

Deep Running Back Pool in 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects
The 2016 NCAA season will re-focus on running backs as not only potential Heisman Trophy candidates, but top candidates to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Next year’s NFL Draft could see a number of running backs earn first-round grades. Experts say the running back position no longer presents high first-round value due to the trend of spread offenses and greater emphasis on passing. What must a modern running back do to achieve a first-round grade? Pass protect. In order to become an every-down-back, runners today must be able to protect the quarterback first and foremost. Any ‘back who can't pick up a blitz will find himself second or third on the depth chart. Immediate acceleration fits in with draws and screens. Today’s passing schemes require backs to gain…
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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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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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