All week we heard the same things over and over. Darlington Nagbe. Nagbe, Nagbe, Nagbe. Maybe Perry Kitchen, but probably Nagbe. Before the draft, there were grumblings all over the interwebs that Vancouver was going to throw a wrench into things by picking Omar Salgado. I didn't really believe it. I wanted to, because I think that Darlington Nagbe is slightly overrated, but it seemed like he was the consensus No. 1 pick. Also, as good as Salgado is, he's not going to contribute next year...or even next year, maybe. I'm pretty shocked, and Taylor Twellman is making it clear on television that he is as well.
So, this begs the question: Where were you on that one, non-existent Todd McShay of soccer?!? Absolutely no one called Salgado as the No. 1 pick well before the draft. Some of the "insiders" figured this out last night and word had spread around to a lot of people an hour before the draft, but that's extremely short notice for a No. 1 pick.
Can you imagine if something like this happened in the NFL? What if there was a media consensus that someone was the first overall pick and then the first overall pick was actually a player who was a consensus mid-first rounder? Todd McShay, Mel Kiper, Mike Mayock, etc. would probably lose their jobs. It would be beyond outrageous.
Unfortunately, right now, most of the people who analyze the MLS SuperDraft are people who follow the league all year, then become draft analysts after doing three weeks of research and maybe watching each of the top players two or three times. We need a Todd McShay or Mel Kiper. Make it happen, Worldwide Leader.