Friday, February 26, 2016

BSL Draft Review - The Competition Edition

Alamo City SC Front Office Breaks Down the Rest of the League

- San Antonio

"Of course we're impressed with some of the overall drafts and individual picks from other clubs," stated Alamo City SC head coach Guillermo Barros Schellotto.  "There are a couple of other FO's that think in a similar way as we do and value the same types of things in players.  Others have proven to be quite adept at finding value throughout the draft."  When asked about specifics this is what GBS had to say:

Team by Team Thoughts:
Union SC: Tricky.  Lots of question marks but huge upside if it all works out.
Capital District: Very strong on paper, better hope NY teams don't fall flat.
Gateway United: Solid core, will be tough, questionable depth.
Cumberland: If this is the year of the breakout star they'll run away with the league.
SC Canada: No middle ground, all or nothing.  Experienced players will make or break them.
Insulani Hawaii: Top heavy.  Depth could keep them down.
Gold Coast FC: Might be most level roster.  Points can come from anywhere.
Orange County: Lots of supporting players, could end up being very sneaky.
Spartans: Did very well with draft position, playing time might hurt the roster though.

Best Steals:
Innocent (Gold Coast - RD 12)
Waylon Francis (CD - RD 11)
Diskerud (Gateway - RD 10)
Pappa (SC Canada - RD 8)

"These guys have the potential to lead a team or be the secret weapon.  Innocent played well but had an unfortunate injury.  He was brought in for a reason and we see no reason he can't live up to what brought him to the league.  12th round?  Amazing upside.  Francis gets forward and is an amazing crosser of the ball.  He was on our radar and we were hoping he'd slip through undrafted.  Diskerud is clearly better than what he played last year.  No more growing pains for the club and with a set style and attack he should be much closer to the caliber of player he really is.  Pappa is a guy we wanted later in the draft.  He'll be given the opportunity to be a true 10 where he's best suited."

Biggest Reaches:
Gerrard (1st overall pick - SC Canada)
McInnerney (RD 4 - Spartans)
Gordon (RD 5 - Hawaii)
Watson (RD 7 - Cumberland)

"They just don't make sense to us.  Taking Gerrard 1st overall is head scratching.  There is so much more potential with so many other LA players and with the whole available pool open you take a guy that has as many questions as one can have on them?  Very, very odd.  McInnerney is a stretch not because of talent but because of opportunity this year.  He'll mainly be used due to fixture congestion.  He won't be getting the regular season minutes you'd think.  Porter also takes his time to mold players.  He'll be perfect in a year or two if it all works out.  Alan Gordon scores, yes.  He'll be even more of a fixture congestion option than McInnerney will be.  With so much left out there to choose from he just doesn't make sense in the earlier rounds.  A straight defender being taken this early raises the eyebrows.  Don't mistake me, he's fantastic.  Compared to the more proven and more likely to put up numbers options on the board though, there's no reason to hope a defender has another great year with SOG's."

Favorite Picks:
Veron (RD 1 - Union)
Urruti (RD 2 - Orange County)
Shipp (RD 3 - CD)
Melano (RD 4 - Union)

"All of these guys were on our board and we thought every single one of them would land a round or two lower than they did.  Veron could be the breakout player of the year.  We LOVE this guy but seriously didn't imagine him being in play until round three at the earliest.  Urruti went a round earlier than we expected.  We'd hoped to have snagged him in the third as he SHOULD fit in very well with Dallas and seems to fit much better there.  We think he's going to have a fine year.  Shipp going in the third was a small surprise.  We knew someone was likely to pull the trigger before us, but we thought our margin for error on him was bigger than this.  He'll be one to watch.  Melano was one of the few guys we hoped to snatch with a sneaky lower mid round pick.  Despite playing and showing very well he'd managed to stay pretty low profile.  We were hoping that'd pay off with him being overlooked."

That Moment You Flipped the War Room Table:
Yura Movsisyan (RD 1 - Gateway)

"We seriously threw things in the war room.  Straight off the top, and directly before us our number one target was taken.  We were livid and are still steaming a bit.  We even tried to deal to move up just one slot because we knew.  When the pick came in ... everything went red."

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