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Clément Simonin drafted 9th overall by Toronto FC in 2015 MLS draft

TFC go way off the board at number 9 by taking a French CB.

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Following a five minute timeout Toronto FC took a fairly big step off the board by selecting Clément Simonin from North Carolina State.  A natural CB from France, Simonin was not included in the combine and barely even featured on the radar for most people as a potential first or even second round pick.

Similar to the Nick Hagglund selection from last season, Toronto FC are going with the player who they think is the best CB available.  It just happens to be a player who most others were not selecting as the top CB on the board.  With Chapman already signed and two other first round picks it is possible that the club felt that they were in a position to take a bit more of a long shot on a player.

Simonin will take up an international roster slot for the club as a native of France but he does have the size (listed as 6-1 and 180) and the strength to hold his own in MLS.  He was a solid defender in his two seasons with North Carolina State but remained a rather unknown commodity even through his senior year.

Toronto clearly did their homework on this pick because they went with a player who was not on the radar for most teams or experts.  They went with a player who was not at the combine, not in the media guy, and not at the draft.  That makes it interesting to consider that the club did not wait to try and grab him later in the draft unless they were aware of at least one other club being interested in grabbing him.