A couple of days ago, SBnation did our second annual MLS Mock Superdraft with me as the representative for the Colorado Rapids. The fun thing about our mock drafts is that instead of having one guy try and pick for every team, we had every team blogger pick their own player based on the needs of the teams. It makes it a lot more authentic that way, after all!
With the 14th pick I decided to select my favorite prospect, UCONN winger/forward Tony Cascio. Here was my official explanation:
14. Colorado Rapids: Tony Cascio, F, UConn
The Colorado Rapids are now under a system of a new coach, a coach that has shown a love of offensive flair in his players back in Dallas. Unfortunately, they're a team right now without much offensive flair outside of a deep striker corps. Tony Cascio is probably the best pure winger in the draft and has shown fairly well during the combine playing both right wing, central mid and forward, and he might just be the young spark that the Rapids need.
He has fantastic touch near the box and is not afraid to shoot the ball, which is a problem that the Rapids have had for a while now. That's why their leading scorer last season was a defensive midfielder who never scored from anything but set pieces. Even better, he can play box-to-box and defend, something that Sanna Nyassi would never dream of doing. Seeing as how Cascio would likely be Nyassi's replacement of sorts, I can't see how that's a bad thing. #DraftTony
You might want to note that I got the selections last year completely wrong so don't take this as an official prediction! Check out the mock draft with my pick and everyone else's on the network here.