SuperDraft Thoughts: Part 1
Posted by Mike Marshall on January 11, 2009
Admittedly, I’m not as up on the college game as I used to be. Funny how a 12-month old daughter cuts down on the amount of time you can spend driving all over New England to watch college soccer. But that doesn’t mean I’m completely out of the loop.
A few random thoughts leading up to Thursday’s draft:
- I’m not nearly as high on this year’s class of forwards as others are. Loved Marcus Tracy, but he’s not in this draft. Really liked O’Brien White before he spend half the season on the sidelines… and then there’s the fact that he’d eat up an international roster spot. My sources tell me Mike Grella’s preference is to follow Tracy to Europe. Other than that? Sure, there’s Steve Zakuani. But if you take Zakuani off the board early and take Tracy and Grella out of the picture entirely, then teams in search of forward help choose between kids like Chris Pontius and Peri Marosevic, neither of whom I’m really sold on.
- It’s sounding like Steve Zakuani may go first overall. I like Zakuani a lot. Athletic, and as longtime RevsNet pal Buzz Carrick points out, probably one of the most polished forwards in the draft despite being a sophomore. He’d be a solid choice for Seattle.
- Speaking of Buzz Carrick, he is once again a fountain of knowledge for draft information. Well worth checking out his site, 3rd Degree.
- Creighton’s Andrei Gotsmanov reminds me a little of former Rev Pat Noonan.
- I can’t shake the feeling that Wake Forest midfielder Mike Lahoud is a Steve Nicol kind of guy.
- I’ve seen the Revs linked with South Florida defender Yohance Marshall a lot, but Saint Louis right back Calum Angus makes a lot more sense to me. They’re both good players, but Angus is a little more versatile and is a kid who could potentially take over for Jay Heaps/Chris Albright on the right side of defense.
- You think there’s any chance in Hell that a team owned by Bob Kraft would draft someone named David Tyrie? Me neither.
- Five players that I think won’t be taken in the first round that have a real chance to make an MLS roster: Graciano Brito (F, Quinnipiac), AJ Delagarza (D, Maryland), Graham Zusi (M, Maryland), George John (M/D, Washington), Zack Simmons (GK, Massachusetts)
I’ll have more thoughts on the draft later this week.