2001: Drop off after 4. I've went back and forth on how I rank Booth, Araujo, KDLF for a few years, and I'd say that Llanez has put himself in that conversation the last year, as well. Those four are the four clear best players in the year, IMO. 5 through about 30 is pretty similar, as well. After that, it drops off a little. 2002: I see a drop off after 5. The first five are near interchangeable, and I've went back and forth on how I'd rank them. I had Las, AOC and Scally in the top tier for a long time. Reyna's joined that tier in the last year or so, KHF has joined it in the last six months or so. I would say 6-26 is another tier, and then from there you have a lot of similar level guys. 2003: This year has more defined tiers. I don't know why, but I see very clear tiers in this age group. Nyeman was in his own tier for a few years, but he hasn't developed that well in the last year, so his stock has come down. Gomez is now in the same tier. I had Gomez and Chifamba in the same tier about a year ago, and while I had Gomez 2 and Chifamba 3, I suspected that it would flip. It's went the opposite way of what I'd thought. Gomez has joined Nyeman in the top tier, Chifamba hasn't progressed, so he's still in the second tier, but further off Gomez than he was a year ago. Pepi and Leyva is near interchangeable, and I've had it that way for some time. I like Leyva's style of play a little more, but I'm not going to completely discount the U-17 WC where Leyva was completely exposed. I had Cuevas then in his own tier after those four for a little while, but Walls game has really come on in the last six months. He's moved up the list from 10-15 to 6. For me, there's another drop off after that. I've had Sarver and Garcia near interchangeable since the beginning of the year. They are both speed-based wingers, but they play the game differently. I elect for Garcia over Sarver because its close in current ability, and I think Garcia offers the higher upside. Past 9, it drops off a lot. The next ten or so could be arranged in nearly any order. 20-40 is another tier, and then it drops off a lot from there. 2004: The first six are interchangeable, IMO. I don't find that this year has much of a top-tier. It's similar to 2001 and 2002 in that sense, so a bunch of very good players could be placed in any order for the top few spots. The next ten or so after that are another tier, and then there's a drop off. 2005: There's a huge gap from 1 to the rest. That might say more about Clarke's quality than the lack of quality of others because I think the next few players are very good players in their own right. I would also say 2-3 are their own tier, and then 4-5 are another tier. From there, it's hard to differentiate between the players that much. Overall: For me, the first three are in their own tier. Gomez is the surest bet of the three to be really good and a NT player quickly. Nyeman has the best combination of current ability, positional value and upside. Clarke is the highest upside guy, and it's really just a matter of seeing him play at higher levels before he's the top player in the system. I didn't want to place a guy whose never played above U-15 level as the best prospect in the system. I find that Nyeman and Gomez are a little too good for Clarke to leapfrog them so quickly without being tested against better competition. At the same time, Nyeman dropped off a little this year, and that wasn't expected, so the same could happen to Clarke. You just never know. IMO, the next 20 or so can be placed in any order, and then from there the rest of the top 50 is similar.