12 January 2007

DCU's #11 Selection Is...Bryan Arguez, Midfielder. Brad North selected 2nd round. Needham and Schramm in 3rd.

UPDATED: And it's Bryan Arguez. A project, to some degree, central midfielder holding type. Interesting choice...Not sure the one I would have made (Findlay being on the board still) but one that could work out. May fall under the "this guy is safe, let's get him" theory.

What do people say? Buzz Carrick rated him as the #3 Midfielder in the draft, noting he's a good linking and posession midfielder with "upside". Jeff Carlisle had him projected as the #9 pick: "Arguez is described as a player with great tools who is incredibly comfortable on the ball." In short, the more I look at this, the more it makes sense as a "Best available talent" selection. Which is fine with me. The fact that he's a Generation Adidas player doesn't hurt either.

This may not have been the pick I would have made, but it's not a bad pick. It doesn't address a need, but it's tough to do that in the draft. Working with Simms, Olsen, and perhaps even the Carroll brothers... you have a player that can contribute in a few years.

Kinney's Take: I agree with the above. Very much a "best available talent" pick. Which IMHO is the way to in the superdraft.

SECOND ROUND: BRAD NORTH (F-Northwestern) -- Our Rod Dyachenko for this year? Led Northwestern with 9 goals and 2 assists in his Senior Year. A pick from off the radar of most, I'm guessing. Nice to grab a forward.

Kinney's Take: Ranked 20th of the forwards by Buzz. First player picked not invited to either the combine or Generation Adidas. Hopefully this is just more great scouting by the DC Front Office, but we're just hoping at this point. Could be the next Van Sicklen as well. Here is his School Bio.

THIRD ROUND: Jay Needham (D - Southern Methodist University). For a kid who got rave reviews in the Combine, he fell a long way. DC picks him up, and at first blush it seems like great value. From College to the Pros praised his size and awareness, and Joe Soccer Fan said he read the game well. This seems like a good pick at this late in the game. Add a defensive reservist to develop, which is something we need.

Kinney's Take: Great pick this late. I wanted him in the second round. Makes the North pick okay even if he doesn't pan out in my mind. Buzz has him rated 5th out of all defenders. He has problems with pace, but should be good as a back-up. Basically a younger Prideaux with more ball handling skills, won't be as savy, but United can teach that.

D: Totally in agreement with that. Allows us to still take a flyer with our other 3rd round pick. Good stuff here.

THIRD ROUND: RICKY SCHRAMM (F - Georgetown). Anyone? I have no idea. Kinney, what you got?

Kinney's Take: I've got nothing. 21st on Buzz's Forward Rankings. 2004 Big East Player of the Year. Waiting on what JoeSoccerFan thinks of this pick. Hopefully it is one of the ones he was holding close to his chest because he thought we could get him in the Supplemental. But I don't know. Buzz calls him a sleeper pick, but apparently he is very streaky.

FOURTH ROUND: LUIS ROBLES (GK - Portland): This seems like a "Have him in the pocket" pick. Robles wasn't at the Combine, but that's okay. Robles was the 3rd rated keeper from Carrick. Wynalda mentions Nick Rimando, the the absurdly high save total indicates that Robles has some reflexes along those lines. One of those "Hey, why not?" picks. Look, it's the fourth round, you're not going to be wowed, all you can hope for is that you don't get a "What are they thinking" pick. This is fine.

Kinney's Take: This is the goalkeeper that we wanted all along folks. I don't know that for a fact but Goff said that United might draft a goalkeeper and Robles is one of the better ones. Didn't play for a big name team, but he has been on the fringe of the youth national team for while now. Not sure how I feel about taking a goalkeeper, but I think this is exactly what DCU was looking for with this pick. By the way D, Carrick moved him up to second after he wrote the ESPN article, maybe because Noble didn't show much at the combine.

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At 12 January, 2007 13:14, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and he's a GA so he's cap exempt. Drafting GA players in the first round is always been popular because you can develop them yourself (at 22 or 23 most of these guys are beyond help) and they don't hit cap numbers for a few years.

At 12 January, 2007 13:15, Blogger D said...

Well said. Much better than what I wrote above.... This isn't a bad choice.

At 12 January, 2007 13:18, Blogger I-66 said...

Plus he's got good size, listed at 6'2 165. Wonder if he can finish in the air.

At 12 January, 2007 13:25, Blogger Kinney said...

I wonder if we try to make him into a defender. We need big, fairly quick, ballhandlers at the back for our system. Erpen and Boz are two of the better defender ballhandlers in the MLS. Maybe a thrid until Carrol leaves for greener pastures?

At 12 January, 2007 13:34, Blogger Rich Horton said...

Not exciting but a solid choice. I agree that this may be Carroll's replacement down the road.

At 12 January, 2007 14:46, Blogger Rich Horton said...

So you guys think it is going well? North sure does look like a flyer.

Goff thought they might take a keeper today. Any chance for that?

At 12 January, 2007 14:50, Blogger D said...

Icon: Yeah, North is a complete flyer. But I think Kinney got this right, Needham is nice balance for the high risk move in the second round.

Keepers after Seitz are pretty much fungible. You can probably get one, but you may as well wait.

At 12 January, 2007 15:11, Blogger Kinney said...

I think DC would have taken a keeper if the draft had gone as they thought. I would be very suprised if they took one now after all the curfumbling that went on today, leaving talent on the table.

At 12 January, 2007 15:50, Blogger Kinney said...

Or DC could just prove me wrong and take a keeper in the 4th round. Thanks.

At 12 January, 2007 16:05, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schramm was 2nd team Big East.

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At 12 January, 2007 17:44, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, Schramm was a big self promoter and sent out DVDs of him to MLS teams etc. before the draft.

He played some small field ball with Simms, Olsen, the Carrolls in the past few weeks. Must have impressed somebody to go from off the radar to picked in the Superdraft. Guess the FO didn't want to wait on the supplemental draft.


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