It is SuperDraft eve. Feel the excitement? The buzz? Yeah this draft is shaping up to be one interesting ride tomorrow. Teams are in Baltimore as we speak getting geared up for this thing.
This will be my final mock draft for this SuperDraft. Today I’m going board and will be doing a two round version. I know I’ve done now four of these things but its something I enjoy a lot during the off season. It may be over kill on my part to do as many as I do but with each passing week new information comes out or I talk to different folks around the league that help form my opinions here so changes have to be made.
Below is my two round mock draft. I’ll have addition comments below as I think there will be some trades that shake this entire thing up. Should any big trade come down in the morning I’ll discuss it and what it will mean for the draft at that point. For now the order is where it’s been at for a couple weeks now so for arguments sake, nothing is changing and this is how I see it playing out tomorrow.
2011 WVH Mock Draft
(* = Generation adidas)
1. Vancouver Whitecaps – Perry Kitchen*, M, Akron
A new leader in the house is Kitchen. There are some weird things going on here with Darlington Nagbe and that has lead me to believe Kitchen will be taken here. Vancouver could still trade this pick, which wouldn’t shock me at all. I know a couple clubs would love to get either Kitchen or Nagbe first.
2. Portland Timbers – Darlington Nagbe*, F, Akron
Portland would still be very hard pressed to pass on Nagbe here if Kitchen goes number one. Anytime you have a top flight striker available you take him.
3. D.C. United – Will Bruin*, F, Indiana
If D.C. doesn’t move up (which I doubt they will at this point) their pick is going to be this guy. Not many out there disagree with this either. Bruin’s Combine proved he is worthy of the No. 3 selection by a team that needs offensive help right away.
4. Chivas USA - Kofi Sarkodie*, D, Akron
No change here though don’t be shocked if Robin Fraser goes for Jahil Anibana here though. Still getting a GA defender is always worth doing in this draft and Sarkodie will be a nice upgrade to this defense.
5. Philadelphia Union – Jalil Anibaba, D, UNC
If you watched even two seconds of the Combine this past weekend you would have seen exactly what so many are saying good things about this kid. He easily made the biggest leap of anyone at the Combine. At the end of the college season I thought he was a mid-to-late first rounder but now he’s a top five pick for me. Philly does themselves a favor and grabs the best center back in the draft. Sure Zarek Valentin or Kofi Sarkodie make loads of sense but Anibaba proved he could start tomorrow in this league.
6. New England Revolution – Corey Hertzog*, F, Penn State
They could still go defensive here but I like the idea of New England grabbing one of their biggest needs in the draft at striker. Hertzog had a strong Combine to prove some doubters out there wrong. He could still go to Philly however but I think the Revs will snag him if he doesn’t.
7. Houston Dynamo – Omar Salgado, F, Generation adidas
Houston could be a team to watch tomorrow with trades seeing how they only have this pick. I think they’d like to get another pick late but for now I think they still go this direction. Salgado may be raw but he’s be a nice addition for Dominic Kinnear.
8. Vancouver Whitecaps (via Toronto) – Zarek Valentin*, D, Akron
Adding to their defense with the best available defender on the board. Could be a fun pairing to see play along side Jay DeMerit back there.
9. Chicago Fire - A. J. Soares, D, California
This pick remains the same for me as it has for pretty much this entire process. Chicago needs to patch up their defense after what they’ve lost this winter and Soares would be the best option available here for them to do just that.
10. Sporting Kansas City – Michael Tetteh*, D, UCSB
KC fans will be upset to see Soares or Anibana gone at this point but landing Tetteh isn’t a bad thing for them either. He had a solid Combine that helped push him up for me. Peter Vermes will like this kind of defender too as Tetteh is one that enjoys getting forward in the attack.
11. Seattle Sounders FC – Anthony Ampaipitakwong, M, Akron
This may be the hardest pick to judge right now. I still think there is a glimmer of a chance they take Zac MacMath here but I still lead towards them filling a more pressing need in their midfield. He struggled at the Combine but I still see Seattle going with the creative midfielder from Akron.
12. Columbus Crew – Michael Nanchoff*, M, Akron
Columbus could be a mover tomorrow but I like them to end up with a local product here in Nanchoff. They have plenty of areas to fill and finding quality players on the left side is always a tall task.
13. New York Red Bulls – Michael Farfan, M, UNC
He didn’t do anything to push his draft stock up but then again I don’t believe he killed his first round status either. New York gets a creative man in the midfield that they lack here. They could also go with a striker but I think ironing out the midfield is more pressing at the moment.
14. Real Salt Lake – Paolo Cordozo, M, Quilmes (ARG)
My gut feeling is RSL trades this pick to someone high in the draft looking for addition picks in the first round. Without too many glaring needs they don’t need a first rounder at this point, they need cap relief. Saying that though they could stick it out and go international and select a player they’ve scouted before in Cordozo. He isn’t as known as the other internationals that were at the Combine but he could be the right fit should they keep this pick.
15. San Jose Earthquakes – Zac MacMath*, GK, Maryland
I’ve had Justin Meram here for a while but pretty much all day I’ve heard that they’d take MacMath if he were still available here. Not a bad pickup if you ask me for Quake fans.
16. LA Galaxy – Justin Meram, F, Michigan
LA needs forwards more than anything right now. I know I’ve had UNC’s Steven McCarthy here all along but once Edson Buddle left town it was obvious that pick wouldn’t happen. They go for the best available at this point in Meram.
17. FC Dallas – Steven McCarthy, M, UNC
I think Dallas fans will be thrilled to have this kid on board. He’s a big kid that could help bridge the gab in the midfield and bring some much needed size to this club.
18. Colorado Rapids – Michael Boxell, D, UCSB
They’ve claimed they could trade this pick away but I sort of see them holding on and taking Boxell here. He didn’t have the best of Combines but he should still be a quality addition to this club.
19. Vancouver Whitecaps – Victor Estupinan, F, Liga de Quito
Vancouver didn’t select a striker in the first round but will take a flier on Estupinan. Some folks think he’s good enough to go high in the first round based on his Combine, I think he’ll slip here to the second round though.
20. Portland Timbers – Eddie Ababio, D, UNC
A kid who really improved his draft stock at the Combine. He can play on the right side or in the middle, an option John Spencer will enjoy having in the back.
21. Seattle Sounders FC (via D.C. United) – Josh Ford, GK, UConn
I still like the idea of Seattle taking a keeper at some point in the second round. If MacMath is here you gotta believe they’ll take him, if not Ford is likely the second best option to go with.
22. Portland Timbers (via Chivas USA, via RSL) – Cole Grossman, M, Duke
This could be a monster steal in the second round for the Timbers. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them take him at 20 either really. He could easily be a first round talent but Portland will have a hard time passing him up here.
23. Philadelphia Union – Levi Houapeu, M, UMBC
He didn’t improve his draft stock at the Combine like some thought but I still like him here with Philly as I did during the SBnation.com mock draft. Adding some flare to the wings has to be something Peter Nowak is looking to do this winter.
24. New England Revolution – Greg King, D, UConn
If he slides to the Revs Steve Nicol will have no choice but to take this kid. He had a great Combine and really showed he could be a first round talent. He has the ability to get forward into the attack and could really be a nice boost to a defense that lacked a serious punch a year ago.
25. New York Red Bulls (via Houston) – CJ Sapong, F, JMU
He’s one of the most athletic players in this draft, some have him going in the first round but I think he’ll slip down to New York who will have no problem taking him.
26. Toronto FC – Curtis Ushedo, D, UAB
Toronto improves their defense with a Canadian kid that showed small flashes of how good he can be at the Combine.
27. Seattle Sounders FC (via Chicago Fire) – John Rooney, F, Macclesfield Town
Some think they’ll take him with their first round pick but I still see him as a second rounder. I don’t think they’ll take him until here at 27 either unless MacMath is off the board. Rooney proved at the Combine he is worth taking a chance on here. The question I have is what sort of contract did he sign with the league. That could determine who really selects him.
28. Columbus Crew (via Kansas City, via Philadelphia) – Jason Herrick, F, Maryland
For a club lacking an offensive punch they’d love to see a kid like Herrick fall here. He’s got first round talent but draft needs of those above him weight out and he lands here.
29. Seattle Sounders FC – Bobby Warsaw, D, Stanford
I have a feeling this could be one of the picks they could deal tomorrow. Having three second round picks seem like a lot for a team that could be tight on the cap. But if they hold on to it Warsaw seems like a nice fit here at 29. He can play both in the midfield or in the back which is something Sigi Schmid will enjoy.
30. New York Red Bulls (via Columbus) – Chris Korb, D, Akron
New York still has some work to do in the back and while they could have gone defensive in the first round I see them holding off until here. Korb is the remaining Akron player on the board at this point.
31. D.C. United (via New York) – Daniel Keat, M, Dartmouth
I think with a late second round pick D.C. goes for midfield depth. Already grabbing a striker early means they shouldn’t need to take another. Keat is a nice two-way player too that could provide nice cover in the midfield.
32. Sporting Kansas City (via RSL) – Ryan Kinne, F, Monmouth
Kansas City still needs some work up top and Kinne could prove some solid depth for them.
33. San Jose Earthquakes – Joao Plata, F, Liga de Quito
He showed he could score at the Combine the first two days but day three he was out of his element against better defenses. Still I think someone like San Jose could take a flier on him in the second round.
34. LA Galaxy – J.T. Murray, D, Louisville
Finding a home for Murray will be interesting in this draft. He’s a second round talent and LA needs depth in the back. The fit seems natural to me.
35. FC Dallas – Ashley McInnes, F, Tulsa
His Combine was less than stellar but Schellas Hyndman should be able to do something with this kid who can play up top and on the wings.
36. Colorado Rapids – Amani Walker, F, UC-Irvine
The Rapids still need depth up top and Walker is a big kid that could end up working out nicely in long run should Omar Cummings bolt to Europe.