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For the large part most believe that FC Dallas had a solid draft on Thursday.
The grades are all in - or at least we'll say they are. Friday was a day that saw several bloggers (including myself and Daniel) grading each club's draft. Some clubs did good, others fell short of their goals and objectives.
For the large part FC Dallas did pretty well in their draft according to those out there. Dallas received mostly Bs from the graders out there.
Only one grader* didn't score Dallas well but that is alright given the nature of grading draft picks is a tad subjective since we may not know for a year or two if these players are even good or not. I said in my draft grade piece that I would be revisiting it at the end of the year to see how those grades really stack up.
Here is a recap of what everyone said.
FC Dallas - B
FC Dallas benefits from every club being fearful of Zimmerman's injury, but he is a tremendous talent who should return to the field in the near future with full fitness. Hollingshead's future in the game is uncertain, as the Pac-12 Player of the Year is currently building a church in Haiti.
FC Dallas - B-
This year's draft could end up looking genius or idiotic. Regardless of need, FC Dallas got what many believed to be the top central defender in the draft at No. 7 overall. Like drafting offensive lineman in the NFL, it's not sexy, but with George John, Matt Hedges and now Walker Zimmerman locked up for many years to come, center back is a long-term strength for FCD. With their second round pick, Dallas took UCLA winger Ryan Hollingshead, the Pac-12 Player of the Year. On the surface, it looks like a steal, but with Hollingshead currently in Haiti on a religious mission and rumors that he may never play, it becomes a head-scratcher. Still, if there's anyone who can convince him to join FCD, it's smooth-talking Fernando Clavijo.
Thoughts: Zimmerman was a big steal for Dallas, one that no one expected to see happen. Schellas Hyndman told media here in town that he was a player they couldn't believe fell to them at that position. Zimmerman may not feel an immediate need but it does paint a picture that Ugo Ihemelu is likely done in Dallas. He is a bigger upgrade there than Stephen Keel was and will be someone that can push Matt Hedges. Hollingshead was a head scratcher since the guy is in Haiti at the moment on a missionary trip. There had been talks that he may not play at all but from what I am being told Dallas is confident they'll get him in camp. If that is the case, he is a huge steal for them at 20 as Dallas needed depth on the wings in this draft. Hyndman loves guys that have good character and he drafted two of them yesterday.
*Matt Doyle didn't hand out letter grades but did list Dallas in the lowest possible category, the "Wait...What?" category. Eek.
FC Dallas - Walker Zimmerman was listed as a potential No. 1 pick, so you'd think FCD would rate. But they don't, because he'll be No. 4 on the depth chart at the one position in which they're solid. Passing on Smith was bizarre, because they have only two wingers (Jackson and Fabián Castillo) on the roster. With their second pick they took Ryan Hollingshead, who told MLSsoccer.com he'll be away from the game for at least six months while helping build his brother's church.
This English paper had recaps of each club with included some thoughts from various reporters on the picks.
Walker Zimmerman was one of the enigmas of this year's SuperDraft. Before the Combine you'd have called him as easily top three, if not number one. He missed out on Florida through injury and rather than that enhancing his reputation, he found himself the subject of conflicting reports and opinions with no evidence to check them against. Then Andrew Farrell consolidated the number one slot, Chelis made his announcement about Alvarez and with Bekker's MVP performances, suddenly Zimmerman was pushed down the rankings. Despite that, Dallas must have been pleasantly surprised that he was still on the board at seven, though. With George John a rather uncertain quantity these days, a solid, ready to start defender is a big plus for Dallas, and it rather makes up for the uncertainty attached to going with Ryan Hollingshead with the other pick. Hollingshead missed the Combine as he was on a religious mission and hasn't actually confirmed he wants to be a soccer player. Here was the Guardian's Joe Prince-Wright on him: A risky pick up, but plenty of teams will want his talents on board if he returns to play in MLS. He has the attacking talent to succeed at the top level, physically he is ready and many believe he can play anywhere in midfield or up front.