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FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman has a certain way of doing things - that much can be said about the Gaffer after five seasons.
When it comes to drafting talent out of the college game through the MLS SuperDraft, Hyndman has gotten his style of picks down over the last couple of years. Snagging players like Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges and George John will tell you the man knows what he likes – a strong defensive leader.
But will that mean for the fourth-straight draft Hyndman will select a defensive-type player in the first round? It is a possibility with the club sitting with the number seven overall pick in the first round. But the gaffer could surprise fans with some offensive talent that will be available.
Here is a sample of players that could be available at number seven come Thursday.
Walker Zimmerman (Defender - Generation adidas/Furman) – A big defensive center back, Zimmerman has been projected to go as high as the first pick or he could find his way down towards Dallas due to his injury that kept him out of the MLS Combine. Either way, if he is available he will be tough to pass on. His big frame makes him a vital player on set pieces and his intelligence will be something that Hyndman will love having in the back.
Deshorn Brown (Forward – Generation adidas/UCF) – One thing that has been lacking over the last season and a half is that quick burner-type player on the wings. Brown scored 13 goals at UCF this past year and has shown that he can be the home run-type sub that hasn’t been seen since the likes of Eric Avila.
Dillon Powers (Midfielder – Notre Dame) – The Plano native has been on the radar of many MLS clubs for a number of years now. He is a typical box-to-box type of midfielder and would be one that would provide depth to an area that is fairly thin on the FC Dallas roster.
John Stertzer (Midfielder – Maryland) – He spent his four years at Maryland in more of a creative/attacking role but look for Stertzer to play more of a deeper role in the midfield, similar to what FC Dallas fans have seen out of Andrew Jacobson over the last two years. He has all the tools to make it in MLS. If things click for him quickly, he could compete for a big role in 2013.
Blake Smith (Midfielder – New Mexico) – Finding depth on the wings is key and Smith is arguably the best left-footed midfielder in this draft. He has solid speed, good vision on the ball and would add a nice element off the bench in late-game situations.