Here is Schmid's overview on how the stengths of the draft line up with the Sounders' needs:
We always come into the draft with the same purpose: trying to get the best player we can with our pick. You look at needs a little bit and you try to address your needs a little bit as well within that. We’ve tried to address some of those needs with the signings we’ve made with Michael Gspurning as a goalkeeper and Adam Johansson as a right back, with Marc Burch off the re-entry draft. We try to address needs that way as well. There’s probably 10-11 players that we really like. If they’re on the board at 15 we’ll probably take one of those guys, and that irrespective of need. Outside of that, it’s going to sound like a smorgasbord because with the loss of Friberg we need maybe a little more depth there; central defense as well, with the retirement of Taylor Graham; is Zach Scott going to play inside or outside back is something that interests us because Zach can always play inside. How long is it going to take for Zakuani or O’Brian White to come back? So wide midfielders are of interest to us as well, as are center forwards. That basically covers it all, with the exception of goalkeeper, but it’s the reality for us.
I'll have more from the interview soon.