We are getting into full SuperDraft mode here at BigDSoccer.com. Daniel is off to the College Cup final four this weekend in Alabama to see four quality teams square off in three big games.
Yesterday we dived into some overall thoughts on where FC Dallas may go in their draft selection next month. Just to repeat what was said yesterday for those who do not know, Dallas has the number 7 overall selection and the number 20 overall selection. Two very good spots to be selecting from.
I am going to start today with two groups of players that probably aren't that high on the draft boards for Dallas this winter - the defenders and goalkeepers. Not to say that Schellas Hyndman won't shock us all by drafting another center back this year - which to be honest wouldn't be that shocking to me. What I mean by that is don't be shocked if he does that.
We know Dallas should be getting one defender from this college player pool in the form of London Woodberry. I know the two sides are going to sit down after this weekend and discuss his future with the club. If they can agree on a Home Grown Player deal, you can bet on the club announcing it sometime before Christmas. Typically MLS wants to have these sorts of things done before they release the MLS Combine roster - that way a player like Woodberry wouldn't have to be involved in it.
So here are a few goalkeepers and defenders that could still be worth a look come next month. Midfielders and forwards will come at a later date on here.
Andre Blake (UConn) - He should be the lone Generation adidas target in the keeper pool if he decides to come out early. Blake is a terrific keeper with plenty of upside. He's a big keeper too, at six-foot-four, he has the size to command his penalty box. He will still need some seasoning as his decision making can be questionable like any young keeper. I'd say he if fell all the way to number 20 that he would be worth taking a gamble on.
Luis Soffner (Indiana) - He seems like a Schellas-guy. A four-year starter at a big school with tons of leadership experience. To me he is more of a Supplemental draft selection than a SuperDraft selection. I suppose it will all depend on how Indiana fares this weekend in the College Cup and if he does well at the Combine.
Walker Zimmerman (Furman) - Some are projecting this Generation adidas target very, very high. Others have him in the mid-first round. So really anything could happen with him but from the little bit I caught of Furman this season, Zimmerman has a ton of potential and upside here. He is a center back by trade but his physical and athletic ability makes him a worthwhile pick. I can't imagine even Hyndman and Dallas passing on a kid like this if he slipped to them in the draft.
Eric Schoenle (West Virginia) - He nearly became a Generation adidas player last year for the draft but decided to stick around for his senior season at WVU. He and the Mountaineers had a disappointing season in the MAC that saw them not reach the College Cup. Schoenle actually lead the Mountaineers in scoring. He has good size for a center back and would be a good depth piece to have for the long-term. For me right now he is a late first rounder that could easily slip into the second round.
Joe Franco (Cal State Northridge) - An outside back that falls into that senior leader role that Hyndman tends to follow. Franco was the Big West Defender of the Year in 2012. He reminds me a bit of a guy like Sean Franklin in LA, athletic, good on the ball and does well to get forward. Certainly the kind of depth piece you want in this league.
Tommy Muller (Georgetown) - The Hoyas have been riding the waves of their talent this season all the way to Hoover for the Collge Cup and Muller can be thanked for part of it. His size isn't that great but then again neither is Zach Loyd's. He is a senior that has helped lead the Hoyas in arguably one of the toughest soccer conferences in the country, the Big East.