An insightful Arrowhead Addict poster noted that the Chief's draft began with Poe and ended with Hemingway, making it the most literary draft ever. This observation was delightfully raised in Scott Pioli's press conference, to Pioli's seeming surprise and much laughter.
A closer analysis, though, reveals that there are literary links to EVERY SINGLE NAME Pioli picked in 2012. Coincidence, or evidence of a deviously evil sense of humor in the Chiefs' front office? You be the judge, after the jump.
Poe - for Edgar Allen Poe, literary giant, who wrote The Raven and many more works.
Allen - for Sarah Addison Allen, author of several NYT bestsellers, including The Girl Who Chased the Moon.
Stephenson - a reach pick due to spelling, but it's fair to say that this was meant to be for Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics such as Treasure Island.
Wylie - for Philip Wylie, a golden age sci-fi writer best known for the classic When Worlds Collide.
Menzie - for Gavin Menzies, author of 1421: When China Discovered America, about the little known and short lived period of Chinese world exploration.
Gray - a surprise pick, rather than for author, Gray is for the title character in The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde.
Long - for Julie Anne Long, romance writer, which illustrates the difficulty of finding strong literary allusions in later rounds. Until, that is, the Chiefs pull out the literary shocker of the night, with...
Hemingway - for Ernest, of course. Any questions?
Overall Analysis: Scott and company did a solid literary draft here. The Stephenson spelling error and inclusion of a romance novelist hurts their score, but the draft was redeemed by the final Hemingway pick.
Final Score: A-