Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Kansas City Wizards are on the Clock

After the trade of Nick Garcia, the Wizards now own the number 1 pick in Fridays SuperDraft. The Wizards are officially on the clock now deciding on who they'll make the number 1 pick of the draft. The last time the Wizards had the number 1 pick was in the 1996 College Draft, when the team selected Matt McKeon.

So who do the Wizards take with this pick? There are numerous mock drafts already out there on the net. MLSnet has their mock draft up, and they have the Wizards taking Virginia Tech forward Patrick Nyarko to help ease the loss of Eddie Johnson. They're not the only ones as The Score and Hersey House on bigsoccer both have KC taking Nyarko. Ives Galarcep has the Wizards taking UConn defender Julius James in a bid to replace the guy they traded away for the pick, Garcia. I've also seen drafts that have had KC taking UC Santa Barbara midfielder Eric Avila. All three of those players are listed as "Can't Miss Prospects" by Buzz Carrick on 3rd Degree.

Of course it might not matter, as the Wizards could potentially deal the number one pick again. According to Bob Rusert on MLSnet, Peter Vermes and the Wizards are listening to offers on the number one pick. It doesn't make a lot of sense for KC to get this pick and then just ship it right back out. What would be a realistic offer from another team for the spot? A proven MLS forward? A midfielder? Either way it would need to be a guy that can come in and start right away, as the Wizards have already given up 1 starter to get the spot, I think only a starter in return would make it worth while.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ESPN Soccernet also ranks Nyarko as the top prospect—no news, that.