On Thursday, when the 2016 MLS SuperDraft kicks off, the Revolution will make its first acquisition of the 2016 offseason. The club owns the 10th overall pick in the draft, a selection that should yield an MLS-ready player—likely, a defender or a defensive midfielder.
Who should Jay Heaps & Co. select when the 10th pick rolls around? Our staff weighs in.
Nick: Keegan Rosenberry, RB, Georgetown
This draft is loaded MLS-ready defenders, depth that should enable Jay Heaps to fill the massive void on the right side of his back line. If available at the 10 spot, I'd like to see Heaps snag Rosenberry, whose stock has risen after a strong showing at the combine. He's a balanced player who can join the attack, provide service from the right flank and track back with pace. With some fine-tuning of his 1v1 defending, scouts believe Rosenberry could enter the 2016 season as a weekly starter—and that's exactly what this team needs.
Jake: Jordan McCrary, RB/LB, North Carolina
I know I selected Kyle Fisher for the Revolution in the SB Nation mock draft, and that's a very solid pick. But the guy I was really looking for was McCrary as a direct replacement for Kevin Alston. McCrary can play both fullback spots and comparing him to Alston as far as speed and attacking prowess wouldn't be a stretch. He could be a solid two-way fullback who can not only compete for the starting right back spot, but also be a valuable player off the bench as well. With utility defender Darrius Barnes back from injury, versatility is a key asset to making the Revs game day squad.
Jon: Kyle Fisher, CB, Clemson
With much of New England's defense in flux and depth across the board required, the Revs can't go wrong with selecting Fisher in the first round. He was the foundation of Clemson's run to the College Cup Final this past season, and is as MLS ready as any other defender in the draft. He's positionally sound, good in 1 vs. 1 situations and ready to offer spot starts. At the very least, Fisher could learn under Farrell and Goncalves, all with an eye towards a larger roll one day.
Who would you like to see the Revs draft with pick 10? Cast your vote below.