The 2012 MLS SuperDraft is upon us and as we did last year (and the year before that), we have taken the Mock Drafts floating around the internet and aggregated them all in order to see who winds up with who. Please remember that this does not take into account team needs and obviously means nothing once a big trade for a first-round draft pick comes into play.
As for the Philadelphia Union, none of the pundits could agree on who they would take in the #13 spot. Calum Mallace, Chris Estridge, Dom Dwyer, Austin Berry, Tyler Polak and Tommy Meyer were all taken. As you can see, the only real agreement comes on the fact that the Union need defensive cover (four out of six picks were defenders).
1. Montreal Impact – Darren Mattocks (Akron, FWD)
Only MLS analyst Simon Borg put Mattocks out of pole position (#3) but everyone else can’t see the Impact passing on a dangerous and pacy striker.
2. Vancouver Whitecaps – Andrew Wenger (Duke, DF/MF/FWD)
Mr. Versatility was unanimous all across the board as it’s clear what Vancouver’s needs are. Expect to see Wenger making the trip out West.
3. New England Revolution – Chandler Hoffman (UCLA, FWD)
Hoffman was as high as first taken (Borg) but Travis Clark and Ives Galarcep took him down a notch seeing him drafted at #9 and #10 respectively.
4. Toronto FC – Kelyn Rowe (UCLA, MF)
The only outlier here was Jason Saghini. He had Colorado taking Rowe at #14. Most everyone else sees the UCLA playmaker taken by Toronto or New England.
5. Chivas USA – Luis Silva (UC-Santa Barbara, MF)
According to many, Silva had one of the best Combines and rated him as going in the top six picks. Jason Saghini wasn’t impressed, however, as Silva fell to #19 and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Pretty sure the Galaxy wouldn’t mind that.
6. San Jose Earthquakes – Andrew Jean-Baptiste (UCONN, DF)
Even though this aggregated Mock Draft puts Jean-Baptiste as an Earthquake, it was clear with all the analysts that it’s Toronto FC that will be drafting him. Problem is, they couldn’t agree on whether the Reds would take him first at #4 or second at #12. All that indecision left him roughly in the middle, winding up with San Jose.
7. DC United – Casey Townsend (Maryland, FWD)
Not bad. A local kid to his local team. Half the analysts had him here, seeing him as a potential starter in year one.
8. Portland Timbers – Sam Garza (UC-Santa Barbara, MF)
Taken as high as #6 and as low as #14, Garza was all over the map but undoubtedly a first rounder. Not sure the Timbers need him as much as they may need someone in defense (UNC centreback Hedges is a favorite).
9. Chicago Fire – Matt Hedges (UNC, DF)
Only Simon Borg puts Hedges as a second round pick but most everyone else sees the UNC big man as a Portland Timber. If he’s available at #9, however, would the Fire really let him pass?
10. Columbus Crew – Nick DeLeon (Louisville, MF)
DeLeon didn’t have the best of combines and more than one Mock Draft took that into account. The rest, however, kept him locked in top 10. Where he goes will give us good insight into how much weight the Combine actually has.
11. FC Dallas – Austin Berry (Louisville, DF)
Hyndman is stressing defense and Berry is the favorite of most of the Mock Drafts. Only Steve Davis sees him slipping to #17 where Real Salt Lake would happily snap him up.
12. Toronto FC – Callum Mallace (Marquette, MF)
Seen as high as #4 (Jason Saghini again), most Mock Drafts see the Scottish midfielder as a late first rounder but nobody is in agreement as to where he may actually end up. Mallace is a toss-up.
13. Philadelphia Union – Ethan Finlay (Creighton, MF/FWD)
Another standout at the Combine, nobody has Finlay firmly on the Union’s radar especially with Philadelphia in need of defensive cover or depth up front. Finlay did convince everyone, however, that he is a first rounder (though Ives still needs more convincing as he fell to #23).
14. Colorado Rapids – Tyler Polak (Creighton, DF)
Polak is Generation Adidas so there’s little doubt he’ll wind up taken in the first round but nobody knows where he fits. The Union? Seattle? Chicago?
15. Seattle Sounders FC – Enzo Martinez (UNC, MF)
In the majority of the Mock Drafts, Martinez is the last GA signee to go. Seen as a playmaking project, he could do well in Seattle learning from Rosales and Zakuani. Too bad none of the analysts actually have him going there. Only one agreement on this one – Steve Davis and Jason Saghini agree he’ll end up at #10 with the Crew.
16. Sporting Kansas City – Tony Cascio (UCONN, MF)
Divided on whether or not he goes first round or second round. Two say Chicago at #9 (they need a winger), two say Colorado at #14 (injuries galore on the wing there). Two say he’s 2nd round material.
17. Real Salt Lake – Dom Dwyer (South Florida, FWD)
Another revelation of the Combine, Dwyer has speed and could complement Espindola and Saborio well in the Salt Lake. He’s almost unanimous as a late first round pick – much higher than he was rated a month or two ago. The biggest rumor comes from Ives Galarcep as he threw out there that the Union may be shopping forward Danny Mwanga
18. Houston Dynamo – Hunter Jumper (Virginia, DF)
Replacing Hunter Freeman with another Hunter? Not a bad idea – although most of the Mock Drafts see Jumper as a mid-second round pick.
19. Los Angeles Galaxy – Tommy Meyer (Indiana, DF)
If it weren’t for Jason Saghini having the Union take Meyer at #35, the Hoosier would have been taken earlier in the first round. Regardless, the Galaxy wouldn’t mind a big body (6’2″) to help with the long wait for Omar Gonzalez’s return from injury.
Follow along on Twitter at @bwbonnette as today’s draft gets underway. According to those in Kansas City, it should be an active day with trade rumors swirling around as teams continue to jockey for position.