Kansas City Chiefs' Draft Grade: A+ on Leadership

Ron TepperCorrespondent IIMay 7, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 29: Quaterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks with teammates Dwayne Bowe #82 and Bobby Engram #84 to the sidelines towards head coach Todd Haley (C)  after Cassell appeared to hurt his left leg against the Seattle Seahawks during their preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Can anyone measure integrity and leadership with a numerical grade? How about a letter grade? The answer is probably not, but Scott Pioli takes this attribute very seriously.

We all know just how important leadership ability is when it comes to Pioli's criteria for drafting or signing a player.

In a post-draft interview, a reporter brought up the subject because almost all the players he drafted were captains of their respective college teams.

On a hunch, I did a little research on my own, covering every draft pick in the entire NFL draft just to see what percentage of drafted players fit this criteria. Here are my findings.

Percentage of 2010 Drafted Players Who Were Captains For Their College Teams

Of course, that doesn't mean that there aren't high character players that are not team captains, but usually these are the players whose teammates voted based on their respect and leadership skills.

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It is a surprise to see Kansas City use this criteria as if it is more important than any other characteristic. Pioli drafted that way in New England, so I guess this shouldn't come as a surprise.

Kansas City's first six picks this year were all captains, and many of them come from good schools.

Interesting. You can judge for yourself

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