The 6-2 170 lb Robbie Robinson had 18 goals, 9 assists, and 45 points in 2019. Robinson showed the versatility to play striker, secondary striker, left wing, right wing, attacking midfielder, or pose as a playmaking midfielder when you watch his tape. Robinson accepted his 2020 Generation Adidas offer and is expected to be a high pick in the 2020 MLS Super Draft.
There are some concerns with Robbie Robinson despite his strong junior season in 2019. For starters he almost missed his entire sophomore season with an injury in 2018. Second, he was not listed as a starter on Clemson's opening day game against South Carolina. Third he also missed almost all of the 2019 ACC Tournament with injuries. Fourth and finally, his attitude against Stanford really rubbed me the wrong way on tape.
If Robbie Robinson works on improving his demeanor, he could easily make Inter Miami C.F. regret passing on him at one. He punched a Stanford player on a throw in, and also refused to do a throw in on another play. I was just as surprised as everyone else when I looked at his film cut versus Stanford because that's the first time I ever saw a prospect do that during a film cut.
I hope what I saw in that one game with Robbie Robinson was just a fluke because if its a sign of what is to come, this player may bust. Here is the film cut of Robbie Robinson versus Stanford. I'll let you guys be the judge when it comes to what Robbie Robinson does on tape.
Nashville gets a center back to anchor the back line after landing Abu Danladi in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft. Indiana was so impressed with Jack Maher, that they thought he outperformed Grant Lillard as a true freshman in 2018 right after Lillard left when Indiana led the NCAA with 15 shutouts while getting Indiana back to the 2018 College Cup Semifinals after Stanford defeated Indiana to three peat as College Cup Champions in 2017. Maryland defeated this young team that Maher carried in 2018 which led to Indiana's defender earning the nickname "Senator Maher".
The 6-3 175 lb Jack Maher has the versatility to play left back, center back, or right back. Maher only helped Indiana record 10 shutouts in 2019 with two of those shutouts coming in the Big 10 Tournament which Indiana won for the third year in a row. This Hoosier team struggled early, but gelled down the stretch with Maher calling Indiana home saying this team would be around for a long time prior to receiving his Generation Adidas offer for the 2020 MLS Super Draft.
The 5-11 175 lb Dylan Nealis can play defensive midfielder, left back, center back, or right back with his versatility. Dylan Nealis had 2 goals, 7 assists, and 11 points in his junior season at Georgetown. Nealis helped Georgetown record 13 shutouts in 2019. He also finished fifth on Georgetown's roster in points with 4 goals, 5 assists, and 13 points in 2019. Inter Miami C.F. already has a strong back line so they grab a player for depth here at 3.
The Whitecaps get the best player on the board at 4. The 5-7 142 lb Ryan Raposo is now the sixth consecutive Syracuse player to receive a Generation Adidas offer dating back to 2015. Raposo made the ACC All Freshman team in 2018 when he had 4 goals, 7 assists, and 15 points. Raposo had 15 goals, 7 assists, and 37 points as a sophomore in 2019. Raposo matched his assists from his freshman season and showed major improvement in goal scoring. Raposo can play left wing, attacking midfielder, right wing, or be used as a playmaker. Raposo has the speed, dribbling, technique, grit, and determination to make a difference at the next level.
I interviewed Ryan Raposo. He sounded better than two top ten picks that I interviewed. Mo Adams and Santiago Patino were both top 10 picks that I had on the podcast before they got drafted. Ryan Raposo is a high character guy and you could argue he's more humble than Robbie Robinson.
Here is my Ryan Raposo interview. You can listen to it in the video below.
Orlando City S.C. has drafted really well the last two years with Chris Mueller, Santiago Patino, and Kamal Miller. They also inked Benji Michel to a homegrown deal allowing them to take the best player on their board at 5. This team is picking this high in the 2020 MLS Super Draft due to a lousy front office, poor coaching, and awful team chemistry despite having the players and overall talent of a playoff team. Now you get the top player in the 2020 MLS Super Draft at five.
The 6-2 220 lb Daryl Dike is considered by many to be not only the biggest striker in this draft, but also the fastest and most explosive on tape. Daryl Dike had 10 goals, 8 assists, and 28 points in 2019. Orlando City S.C. takes the leading goal scorer on Virginia fifth overall. They get the best player in the entire draft at five.
Daryl Dike started every game for Virginia and just feels like the only blue chip prospect in this class which is my reasoning for taking Daryl Dike first overall because he showed the leadership to carry Virginia to the 2019 College Cup Championship game. Robbie Robinson was completely flustered on tape against Stanford despite winning the 2019 Hermann Trophy.
I posted a film cut of Daryl Dike, the projected top pick in the 2020 MLS Super Draft. I'm surprised Daryl Dike fell to fifth. Daryl Dike looked fantastic in this game against Pacific as he got two assists in this contest on tape despite seeing limited minutes.
The 6-4 185 lb Henry Kessler helped Virginia record 14 shutouts in 2019. Kessler is now considered a top 5 prospect in this class so I really do not see why New England wouldn't take him at six. Now the Revolution have the only top 5 player on the board and a player who compliments Andrew Farrell at center back.
I posted a film cut of Henry Kessler. Henry Kessler looked fantastic in this game against Pacific as he showed why he was a top 5 pick on tape.
Columbus Crew S.C. gets a player who can be effective. With Darlington Nagbe now at midfielder Columbus Crew S.C., Columbus now has forwards and midfielders. Getting a defender to compliment the back line with Columbus is big.
They took a forward at 7 with Miguel Berry. Not even the best forward on the board.
The 6-3 180 lb striker impressed as a freshman in 2016 with 8 goals, 1 assist, and 17 points. Berry regressed as as a sophomore, but still had a solid 5 goals, 5 assists, and 15 points in 2017. Berry had 8 goals, 2 assists, and 18 points as a junior in 2018. Berry had 17 goals, 8 assists, and 42 points in 2019.
Houston was supposed the best player on the board at 8 that is a midfielder or a defender because they got two good forwards with Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis. Instead they grab a local player out of Texas with SMU forward Garrett McLaughlin.
The 6-0 170 lb Garrett McLaughlin had 16 goals, 5 assists, and 37 points in 2019. Garrett McLaughlin has the speed, stamina, shooting power, shooting accuracy, dribbling, strength, and explosion, you want a striker to have on tape.
New York Red Bulls could have gotten a left back later in the draft or taken Tanner Beason here. Instead they give Chicago Fire F.C. $100,000 in allocation money and taking Seagrist hoping he does what Justin Bilyeu did.
Nashville S.C. wastes this pick on a backup player on Wake Forest. Bruno Lapa the best player on Wake Forest was still on the board. This pick gets an F grade even though everyone else has a first round grade on him.
The 6-1 175 lb Tanner Beason is versatile enough to play left back, center back, or right back. Beason was part of three College Cup Champion teams at Stanford. Beason had 5 goals, 1 assist, 11 points, and helped Stanford record 6 shutouts in 2019. He has not played since October due to an injury, but made a recovery in November and has been healthy since then. He outplayed Robbie Robinson on tape in Stanford's tournament win over Clemson that allowed Clemson to return to the 2019 College Cup Semifinals where they lost 2-0 to Georgetown.
Tanner Beason is just as big as his former Stanford teammate Tomas Hilliard-Arce. Tomas Hilliard-Arce was more of a defensive defender. Beason is part of Stanford's Championship team and learned under Tomas Hilliard-Arce.
Beason has very good foot speed and is more versatile than his predecessor. Tanner Beason is more of a two-way defender compared to his predecessor. He's an outstanding building block for the San Jose at 12. San Jose got Siad Haji and Sergio Rivas two top twelve guys in the first and second round of the 2019 MLS Super Draft. Haji was my top guy in the 2019 MLS Super Draft. They got Tanner Beason at 12 in the 2020 MLS Super Draft which is such a steal.
lliott Panicco was a guy I spoted as a potential sleeper in the 2018 and 2019 MLS Super Drafts for a Generation Adidas candidate. He ended up returning to school and is one of the better senior goalies in this class. I had a first round grade on Remi Prieur, but Panicco has the better tape and the more consistent production. I have no problem with Nashville S.C. reaching for Panicco at thirteen if they believe he's the best goalie in this draft.