The Crew come into the draft with two picks and hoping to deal. Dilly Duka is on the trade block and the team is reportedly looking to move it's 9th pick.
During the recent SBNation mock draft, the Crew had plenty of holes to fill. Mikey Lopez, the smooth ball playing holding midfielder dropped to 9th. Acting as the Crew's GM, I picked him up. His Generation Adidas contract will give him some time to develop and the thought of him, Wil Trapp, and Ben Speas in a Crew midfield. The second pick was Joe Franco, a left back on a team that desperately needs one.
Back in reality, the Crew have been wildly unpredictable in recent years. They have made some head scratching moves such as drafting Bright Dike in 2010 and cutting him in preseason. In the past five years, the only first round draft picks still with the team are Dilly Duka, Justin Meram, and Ethan Finlay. Andy Iro, Dike, and Rich Balchan have moved on.
With holes allover the roster, the Crew could be dealing for veteran help or trying to move up and get a bluc chip prospect. Given how the offseason has gone, it's also likely that they will be stuck with the ninth pick and select a player that may or, given their recent track record, may not live up to expectations.
The Crew have picked up two homegrown players in Trapp and Barson, but the team is extremely young and an influx of rookies will only push down the team's average age. Recent mock drafts have the Crew picking up Eriq Zavaleta, Ryan Finley, Deshorn Brown, Erik Hurtado, or Jason Johnson. It's a wide selections of the forwards in the draft.
It would make sense for the Black and Gold to pick up a forward. There aren't a lot of players on the roster behind Jairo Arrieta and Federico Higuain. However, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Crew pick against type and look to fill another area.
With so many areas that need depth, the Crew have options. The best one is likely trading the pick for a proven MLS player. Someone who can start day one and fill one of the many open spots in the First XI.