Jay Heaps and Mike Burns with last season's unexpected 2nd-round steal, GA defender Tyler Polak. - New England Revolution
Much has been said about what New England should do with their four picks in Thursday's draft. Opinions range from trading up to the first or third pick to grab Zimmerman or Ferrell, trading down for an MLS veteran, or just picking from what is left.
New England should keep their pick at number four. The general belief is that Chivas USA will pick a Mexican-American player, and TFC will take Ferrell and Zimmerman with the first and third picks, respectively. However, it is unlikely that TFC will take two young defenders to add to their young defensive core if they still own the first and third picks on draft day. New England would be smart to wait out the first picks and take Zimmerman fourth.
Should TFC take both young center-backs, the Revs could take Eriq Zavaleta with the fourth pick. He is not currently pegged to be the fourth pick, but he is a capable forward that also adds competition and depth to the back line. He is the only player in the draft that can create competition with the forwards and defenders with one pick. If not Zavaleta, then the Revs need to take the best pure striker available, or trade the pick away for a solid MLS defender.
The second round is more of a crap shoot. The revs should take a left back, striker, and a goalkeeper with their three picks in the second round.