MLS Super Draft 2012: Breaking Down This Year's Top Picks

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 12, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12:  Number one pick Andrew Wenger, selected by expansion team Montreal Impact, talks to the media during the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft presented by Adidas on January 12, 2012 at Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Here's a closer look at the top picks from today's MLS Super Draft.

Andrew Wenger (Duke), Montreal

Wenger is listed as a defender on the MLS website, but he easily has the offensive skills to play anywhere on the field. That's rare.

Last season, Wenger won the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and this season won the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. That just goes to show the amazing versatility he has.

It's still unknown where he ends up in MLS, but I could easily see him as a defender that pushes forward. But in reality, he can step in and play anywhere.

Some question the height of his potential, and that's a valid concern. His versatility was just too much to pass up for Montreal, however.

Darren Mattocks (Akron), Vancouver

Mattocks and Wenger were the two popular choices for the No. 1 pick, and fortunately for Vancouver, it had the easy job of picking whoever fell.

You can't go wrong with Mattocks. He is an absolute dynamic goal-scorer, as he netted 39 goals in 47 games during his two years with Akron. The Jamaican has electric speed and is an exciting talent.

Throw in brilliant creativity, and he's going to bring a lot of excitement to MLS play this season. It's hard to call the No. 2 pick a steal, but if Mattocks reaches his very high ceiling, he'll end up out-performing Wenger.

Kelyn Rowe (UCLA), New England

Rowe was this year's Pac-12 Player of the Year, and there's no doubt he deserved it. Rowe has tremendous vision as he dished out eight assists to go along with five goals on the season.

He is blessed with creativity and speed in the midfield, and that's something New England could really use right now. I really like this pick for the Revolution.ย 


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