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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2016 NFL Draft 20/20 Hindsight

2016 NFL Draft 20/20 Hindsight

iGM Game, NFL Draft
When you sign up to run a virtual NFL team here on PowerHouseGM.com, you start in the timeline at one week after the most recent Super Bowl. We do this in order to give newcomers lots to do right away and an immediate opportunity to put a thumbprint on their teams. After all, if you start in July, you've already missed the NFL Draft and free agency, and the waiver wire options are pretty lean. (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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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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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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