We know we will have a very high pick. One way to keep my mind positive on Rapids is the talent they could add via here. Since recent draft history has shown more bang for the pick with Defenders, I think Rapids should go that way. My early leader, who has shown ability to play all positions on back-line: D Walker Zimmerman (Needs to sign a GA deal to be available) Article on top College players: http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer-articles/mls-prospecting:-week-1_aid25020 Generation adidas Candidates GK Andre Blake, Connecticut (Sophomore): The goalkeeper is a tremendous prospect, and while a GA deal is likely something of a long shot, Blake has the potential and ability to catch the eye of scouts. He’ll look to lead the Huskies on a deep run this year. F Mamadou Doudou Diouf, Connecticut (Junior): The charmingly named striker knows how to put the ball in the back of the net. Diouf’s main detractor is the school that he attends. The UCONN Huskies rarely see players leave the campus early for Generation adidas deals. MF Mikey Lopez, North Carolina (Sophomore): A deep-lying midfielder with plenty of ability on the ball, Lopez could see his stock rise if he can help UNC cope with a number of absences. MF/F Dylan Mares, Louisville (Sophomore): There’s no doubting the quality of a player like Mares, but he has a lot to prove after missing the entire 2011 season with an ACL injury. A big year could perhaps land him a GA deal. D Eric Miller, Creighton (Sophomore): The industrious right back might see time in the middle for the Bluejays this year, but he certainly has a chance to take a leadership role after Creighton lost a number of key players at the back. If he makes a strong mark on this season, combined with his experience with the U20s, he’ll attract GA interest. F Patrick Mullins, Maryland (Junior): The former ACC Freshman of the Year has the ability to play professionally – it’s just a question of when and where. A Louisiana native, the Chicago Fire have a Home Grown claim on him that might fall under dispute if he has a strong season on a good Terps team and attracts the eye of other MLS clubs. F Steve Neumann, Georgetown (Junior): The slashing forward will certainly come under consideration if he has another strong season. Scored 11 goals, added 7 assists in 2011. MF Pedro Ribeiro, Coastal Carolina (Junior): A tall attacking midfield, Ribeiro is quality and offers a physical presence that would suit MLS. Would need to have a massive season in order to generate enough interest. F Mark Sherrod, Memphis (Junior): Sherrod burst onto the scene last fall with a breakout performance for the Memphis Tigers. This summer, he continued the hype with a strong showing in the PDL with the Portland Timbers U23 team. He is a target forward who can operate by himself – surprisingly, those are becoming increasingly rare. D Walker Zimmerman, Furman (Sophomore): The defender, who could probably slip into any spot across the backline, is going to be on the watch list for many MLS teams. He has good size, good athleticism, and he has a decent enough touch for the professional level. Experience with the U.S. U20 MNT will only help showcase his abilities for potentially making the early jump to MLS.