GRR: MLR Draft
Conner Mooneyham couldn't really believe it.
Told he would be the #1 choice in the Major League Rugby collegiate draft—the first #1 pick in the history of the draft—kind of sat him down for a minute.
Where did the drafted players come from?
Let's have a look:
US Citizens drafted: 22 out of 24
Oldest: Mooneyham (24 years, 77 days)
Youngest: McLeish (20 years, 191 days)
Players from D1A Schools: 20
Players from Schools joining NCR: 7 (depends on what some other teams decide to do, but it could be as many as 11)
Players in D2: 1
Anytime you have a professional sports collegiate draft you’re going to have teams that look like they did everything right, and teams that looked like they lost the plot.
And while we’re happy to make that judgment now, the true test will be in a few years, when we see who came out of nowhere to be effective in Major League Rugby, and who was drafted high up only to fizzle out.
Check out Goff Rugby Report's Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft Show.
There are four episodes, with Episode 4 coming later this week.
In Episode 1, the panel of Alex Goff, Doug Coil, Mike Tolkin, and Tim Brown talk about what judgments and approaches teams might take in evaluating collegiate talent.