- My biggest surprise is that we're nearly 40 picks in and no one has called Shamit Shome's name. Amazingly, Minnesota took what will almost certainly be a back-up keeper instead of filling a major roster hole with a talent already carrying pro experience. Perhaps more incredibly, Montreal took a real flier on a guy of uncertain position needing great polish instead of rejuvenating a well-aged central midfield stable.
Meanwhile, Toronto FC had three chances to take the Generation adidas Canada signing, and instead grabbed a total mismatch (more on that in a moment) and chump change in allocation money ($75K for two early second round picks). I think a lot of teams are going to reget leaving this guy on the board. Unless the kid is set to sign in Europe or something, this to me is a real head-scratching stunner.
UPDATE: Montreal lucked out and were able to nab him with the 41st pick (!!!). I think this selection could eventually make all those great late pick steal lists.
- Another shocker? Ordinarily, Brandon Aubrey would register as my second biggest shock dropper. However, he ended up going 21st to Toronto FC, where he doesn't even fit their current defensive scheme. I'm definitely not one to put so much weight on the Combine, but he had quite the struggle defending on the run, which was the big question on him coming into the SuperDraft and a must in a three-man backline. I don't get it, but then I also don't get how he fell so far so fast.
- More surprises? Several Eastern teams did not address glaring needs with their first round picks. In the first round, New England and NYCFC neglected to take central defenders, Montreal chose not to boost their weak spots at the back, and though he would normally look to be a fine choice, the Red Bulls picked up yet another winger instead of taking one of several excellent right backs and D.C. United went the other way by grabbing their 34th right back.
- So who has done well so far? Atlanta grabbed two useful guys in the first eight picks. Portland traded up to net very nice strike insurance in Jeremy Ebobisse. Though I think they reached too soon on Niko Hansen, the Crew definitely needed Lalas Abubukar, who should become a hero in Columbus.
I believe games are usually won in midfield and San Jose got such great value at #6 with Jackson Yuell. Making out like bandits, Houston were still able to grab underrated midfielder Joe Holland after trading down from the #4 slot and then traded for shrewd veteran defender A.J. Delagarza. Chicago traded down from #3 for a a sack of cash, but were still able to grab Combine star Daniel Johnson.
Supporters Shield winner FC Dallas took a trio of potentially wise gambles, picking up talented droppers in Jacori Hayes, Walker Hume and Adonijah Reid. Real Salt Lake, though, may have done the best business considering their slots, landing the very talented duo of Reagan Dunk and Justin Schmidt for their back line stable.
- Greg Seltzer