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Philadelphia Union draft needs v. 2.0

Hopefully Peter Nowak and co. aren’t vacillating as much as I am in their draft picks. In version 2.0 of my draft needs, I’ve changed every pick.

I should note that the draft needs page assumes that the Union are not trading the first pick. However, with the news that the Union have put a discovery claim on a Colombian defender, the likelihood that the Nowak will pick Opara first grows smaller and smaller. And since Opara is widely regarded as by far the best prospect in the draft, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Union to trade the first pick.

There is such a wealth of talent in the (likely) top ten draft picks this year that it would be hard to lose out–especially in midfield, the Union’s weakest position. Can’t get Tony Tchani? Go for Toni Stahl. Can’t get Stahl? How about Corben Bone–or Amobi Okugo, whom an MLS scout was recently gushing over at the U-20 camp. Can’t get Bone or Okugo? Go for Dilly Duka–and so on and so forth, you get the idea.

The point is: the clear #1 pick at the draft happens to play at the only position at which the Union has any depth. There are about a half dozen players at the Union’s weakest position, all of whom are ranked much closer in quality and potential. A smart trade could get the Union a player they might end up taking first in the draft anyway and a veteran or two tossed in for good measure.

Sounds like a good deal to me.

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