MLS Mock Draft: Rapids select Rafael Diaz with No. 33 pick

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The St. Johns man may just be the second best goalkeeper in the draft and the Rapids could use one.

After Andre Blake, there seems to be a bit of a drop off in goalkeeping prospects in the 2014 MLS Draft. Most pundits (actually, all of them) seem to have Rafael Diaz penciled in as the second on the list. Really, nobody past Blake seems to be getting a whole lotta love from the draftniks of America, but if Colorado is looking for a decent third or second-string guy behind Clint Irwin and Matt Pickens or whatever other veteran goalkeeper they have around, they could do worse than Diaz.

The knock on Diaz is his height, standing at a kinda-tall-but-not-really-that-tall 6'0''. Other than that, he had a pretty good career with the St. John's Red Storm, posting 32 shutouts during his four-year career. He's a three-time All-Big East selection and had a 0.84 GAA and a .794 save percentage, both pretty good for the college game. Since he'd be either second or third (probably third) on the depth chart at goalkeeper, he'd have time to get better with the Rapids, as well.

What Colorado will be looking for in the draft: From the second round on, Colorado probably won't be looking for any real difference makers. At that point, it just becomes a depth shuffle. They need a back-up goalkeeper, maybe another forward, maybe another center back. Depending on who they take in the first round, it'll be a crap-shoot.

Who the experts say Colorado will pick: Any number of players, with Diaz among them.

Why I'm invariably wrong: The knock on Diaz seems to be his size, and there's no telling if Oscar Pareja and co. whoever happens to be our coach come Draft time has a preference for big goalkeepers. Diaz might also not need to be taken this high, and there's not even much of a need to take a keeper this high in the draft anyway with Clint Irwin the de facto starter and Matt Pickens still serving as back-up. There's also plenty of chance that there will be two outfield players that the Rapids like that fall down to their second-round picks (this is the MLS draft, after all) and they'll put a new 'keeper to the side.

Why I'm smarter than the pundits: I'm probably not, on this one. A few seem to agree with me, in fact!

Full Mock Draft results (click on player names to see the profiles)

First Round

Team Blog Pick
1. D.C. United Black and Red United Patrick Mullins
2. Philadelphia Union Brotherly Game Steve Neumann
3. Vancouver Whitecaps 86 Forever Andre Blake
4. Columbus Crew Massive Report Steve Birnbaum
5. FC Dallas Big D Soccer Christian Dean
6. Union Brotherly Game Marlon Hairston
7. Whitecaps 86 Forever Damion Lowe
8. Chicago Fire Hot Time In Old Town Grant Van De Casteele
9. San Jose Earthquakes Quake, Rattle and Goal Eric Miller
10. Montreal Impact Mount Royal Soccer A.J Corrado
11. Colorado Rapids Burgundy Wave Schillo Tshuma
12. New England Revolution The Bent Musket JJ Koval
13. Seattle Sounders Sounder at Heart Aodhan Quinn
14. LA Galaxy LAG Confidential Fifi Baiden
15. Toronto FC Waking the Red AJ Cochran
16. Houston Dynamo Dynamo Theory Mamadou Diouf
17. Portland Timbers Stumptown Footy Reinaldo Brenes
18. Real Salt Lake RSL Soapbox Ben Sweat
19. Revolution The Bent Musket Marco Franco

Second Round

Team Blog Pick
20. Chivas USA The Goat Parade Enrique Cardenas
21. Sounders Sounder at Heart Taylor Peay
22. New York Red Bulls Once a Metro Pete Caringi
23. Crew Massive Report Pedro Ribeiro
24. Toronto FC Waking the Red Joey Dillon
25. Union Brotherly Game Jared Watts
26. Timbers Stumptown Footy Kevin Cope
27. Union Brotherly Game Kyle Venter
28. Earthquakes Quake, Rattle and Goal Mackenzie Pridham
29. Impact Mout Royal Soccer Jimmy Ockford
30. Whitecaps 86 Forever Nikita Kotlov
31. Revolution The Bent Musket Victor Chavez
32. Dynamo Dynamo Theory Kristopher Tyrpak
33. Rapids Burgundy Wave Rafael Diaz
34. Red bulls Once a Metro Alex Martinez
35. Rapids Burgundy Wave Zach Bolden
36. Timbers Stumptown Footy Mark Sherrod
37. Impact Mout Royal Soccer Michael Calderon
38. Sporting Kansas City The Daily Wiz

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