The Kansas City Chiefs' latest round of draft picks placed them fourth in "standard deviation" according to Football Outsiders. And the proper response is, "What the... ?"
In short, it means that the opinions are mixed more about the Chiefs draft class than 28 others in the NFL. Some loved it. Some hated it. And Football Outsiders (a fantastic out-of-the-box football site, if you ask me) came up with a way to compare 15 different football writers' early grades for the 2010 draft class into one overall component. Those having input on the composite grades include Rick Gosselin, who we already know loved the Chiefs draft haul, Mel Kiper, Nolan Nawrocki, Wes Bunting, John Czarnecki, John McClain and several others.
So why were the Chiefs picks so polarizing? Some writers loved the high-ceiling of talent and speed combined with the big play ability of Dexter McCluster and Eric Berry especially. Others, specifically Pete Prisco from CBS Sports, hated nearly every pick - believing that taking a top-five safety is something you don't do in relation to Berry. The choices to take a returner in Javier Arenas and trade up for a tight end like Tony Moeaki was equally as polarizing.
So if the Chiefs are fourth in overall disparity between pundits' grades, who else ranks in the top? You could probably guess:
2. Carolina Panthers - For trading a 2011 second rounder for the 89th pick in this draft to take Armanti Edwards.
3. Denver Broncos - No need to comment.
And the team right after the Chiefs is the Miami Dolphins, where the source of disagreement was over the second round choice of Koa Misi.
I would agree that it's a high-risk, high-reward type of draft for the Chiefs. But as a fan, it makes for an exciting season of analysis and hopes.