2005: (#1) Nikolas Besagno
Our only first-round, first-overall picks, and oddly, he's one of the least successful first-pick players MLS has seen. Of all the first-overall picks, he's the only one to genuinely not make it in the league. He made a grand total of eight appearances for the club. He now lives and plays in the Pacific Northwest, plying his trade for Washington Crossfire.
2006: (#2) Mehdi Ballouchy
Mehdi Ballouchy made one of the most important contributions to Real Salt Lake in 2007: He became the player we sent to Colorado Rapids in exchange for Kyle Beckerman, our loyal captain and all-around dreadlocked guy. Ballouchy's had a good MLS career.
2007: (#4) Chris Seitz
Seitz has been a consistent MLS backup since joining Real Salt Lake, and there's probably nothing surprising about the fact that he wasn't able to unseat the ever-stellar Nick Rimando. In 2012, he took a playing break to donate bone marrow to a stranger, which puts him high on our list of good guys.
2008: (#3) Tony Beltran, (#14) David Horst
We love talking about Tony Beltran, but he's clearly our most successful first-round pick, and arguably our most successful pick overall, although Chris Schuler could someday take that crown.
2009: (#12) Jean Alexandre
Jean Alexandre scored one brilliant goal for Real Salt Lake when playing as a makeshift forward (with Luis Gil as his pairing forward) and was overall a risky defensive midfielder. He picked up a pre-Disciplinary Committee post-match suspension for a dangerous tackle, which is at least a fun footnote.
2010: (#15) Collen Warner
It seemed Collen Warner was just starting to make it at Real Salt Lake when he was snatched from us by Montreal Impact in the MLS Expansion Draft. He played there for three years and is now at Toronto FC, and honestly, making a play for him would be pretty fantastic, if unlikely.
We gave our first-round pick to Chivas for that allocation money, and that helped us keep the very, very good 2010 team together.
2012: (#17) Enzo Martinez
Enzo Martinez never played for the first team at Real Salt Lake, which is still a source of mystery. Despite seeming a capable midfielder and full back, he was just never given the opportunity to play in a competitive match. Plenty of reserve team action helped him develop, and he's now at Carolina Railhawks, where he seems likely to stay.
2013: (#12) John Stertzer
If not for two seasons with long-term injuries, Stertzer could be pushing for starting minutes. His appearances last year showed a midfielder who was creative, exciting, and good going both directions. 2015 will be a big year for him if he can stay fit — but neither injury indicates a propensity for anything other than bad luck.
2014: (#18) Ryan Neil
Another one of those odd ones, Ryan Neil didn't make it out of preseason for Salt Lake, and he didn't land at another team long-term afterward. Might he resurface in American professional soccer in 2015? It's hard to say.