UPDATE: MLSsoccer.com's final 2012 Mock Draft

Whose stock has risen or fallen? MLSsoccer.com editors take one last look

The 2012 MLS SuperDraft is upon us (Thursday, noon ET/9 am PT; ESPN2 and ESPN3), and our draft experts Simon Borg, Jason Saghini and Travis Clark have made their final tweaks based on the information gathered from coaches and players at the MLS Player Combine.

GA = member of Generation adidas 

First Round

Pick Team Simon Borg Jason Saghini Travis Clark
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Chandler Hoffman (FW)

UCLA/GA [UNCHANGED]

The Alabama native projects to be the American version of Chicharito, and the Combine has confirmed it. Natural-born goal scorers are a rarity.

Darren Mattocks (FW)

Akron/GA [UNCHANGED]

Speedy goal scorers are hard to find. Can't pass up this opportunity, although Wenger's all-around abilities make him hard to look past.

Darren Mattocks (FW)

Akron/GA [UNCHANGED]

The high-flying forward gives Jesse Marsch a dangerous offensive weapon up front. Hopefully the Jamaican likes the cold.

2

 

Andrew Wenger (DF/MF)

Duke/GA [UNCHANGED]

The Generation adidas signing, said to be the most complete soccer player in the SuperDraft, falls to the Whitecaps, who pick up a starter.

Andrew Wenger (DF/MF)

Duke/GA [UNCHANGED]

Center back is the top need and Wenger is the best prospect there. And at defensive midfield. And arguably at wide mid and forward.

Andrew Wenger (DF/MF)

Duke/GA [UNCHANGED]

The utility man offers depth at center back or defensive midfield for Vancouver and can start right away.

3

      

Darren Mattocks (FW)

Akron/GA [UNCHANGED]

The most feared college forward in 2011 falls to New England and Jay Heaps has to pull the trigger.

Chandler Hoffman (FW)

UCLA/GA [UNCHANGED]

Jay Heaps just misses fellow Blue Devil Wenger and settles for a goal machine who will make great runs in front of two excellent passers in Shalrie Joseph and Benny Feilhaber.

Kelyn Rowe (MF)

UCLA/GA [UP from #13]

The Revolution need help up top, and Hoffman is someone who just scores goals in and around the 18 yard box.

4

      

Andrew Jean-Baptiste (DF)

UConn/GA [UNCHANGED]

Toronto FC immediately address their back line needs, which they have made a priority heading into the SuperDraft.
 

Calum Mallace (MF)

Marquette [UP FROM #10]

Five years without a playoff appearance, TFC is a team with a win-now attitude. Despite Rowe's potential, they go with Mallace, who can step in right away.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste (DF)

UConn/GA [UNCHANGED]

A hulking central defender, Jean-Baptiste’s Generation adidas status makes him an attractive choice for Toronto FC despite still needing time to develop.

5

    

Kelyn Rowe (MF)

UCLA/GA [UNCHANGED]

Robin Fraser adds more quality to his midfield with a technical center mid who can also play wide. Rowe's vision and passing will help spark an attack that was sometimes dormant in 2011.

Nick DeLeon (MF)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

Chivas could use help in several areas, but adding a potent attacking threat who can play out wide or as a second forward, combine well and get service to Juan Pablo Ángel/Alejandro Moreno is a great start.

Luis Silva (MF)

UCSB [UNCHANGED]

A classy midfielder on the ball, Silva is a rare breed: an attacking midfielder from college with great size and skills.

6

Luis Silva (MF)

UCSB [UNCHANGED]

Frank Yallop will like Silva's size, technique and ability to thread the needle. He will add creativity to a team that struggled with it last year.

Sam Garza (MF/FW)

UCSB/GA [UP FROM #14]

With a bunch of midfield help potentially on the way from abroad, San Jose bolster the front line with a speedy GA product.

Matt Hedges (DF)

UNC [UNCHANGED]

A beast at the back, Hedges is MLS-ready and could stake a claim for a starting role in 2012 with the Quakes.

7

Casey Townsend (FW)

Maryland [UNCHANGED]

Hustling forward and solid finisher will chase down everything and make runs that will open spaces for Chris Pontius, Dwayne De Rosario and Andy Najar.

Casey Townsend (FW)

Maryland [UNCHANGED]

DC want a forward off whom De Rosario can play and Townsend fits the bill. An upgrade at left back is still a possibility, but expect Hunter Jumper to be taken over Tyler Polak.

Ethan Finlay (FW/MF)

Creighton [UNCHANGED]

In need of depth on the wings and up front, the versatile Finlay is an intriguing option who can play both positions and contribute right away.

8

Calum Mallace (MF)

Marquette [UNCHANGED]

A player after John Spencer’s own heart. Tough, spirited, no-nonsense and good on the ball. Can be Jack Jewsbury’s double.

Matt Hedges (DF)

UNC [UNCHANGED]

Center back depth is a big need with David Horst out for five to seven months, and it is addressed first for Portland.

Austin Berry (DF)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

Berry is ready to help an MLS team right away, and he’ll bolster Portland’s back line as a rookie.

9

Sam Garza (MF/FW)

UCSB/GA [UNCHANGED]

This is a team that could use depth at wide midfield if Marco Pappa is transferred or Patrick Nyarko is injured. Garza brings speed and skill.

Tony Cascio (FW)

UConn [UNCHANGED]

Versatile attacker adds depth to both wings and can play forward if needed. An important pick-up with Marco Pappa's status up in the air.

Chandler Hoffman (FW)

UCLA/GA [DOWN FROM #3]

With the goal poacher still available at No. 9, Hoffman would provide a good option up front to get on the end of chances created by Dominic Orduro and Patrick Nyarko.

10

Ethan Finlay (FW/MF)

Creighton [UNCHANGED]

Can play either wing and gives Robert Warzycha the option of moving Eddie Gaven into central midfield if necessary.

Enzo Martinez (MF)

UNC/GA [DOWN FROM #6]

The talented attacking mid falls to Columbus, but he won't last past the Top 10 as Warzycha snatches him up.

Tyler Polak (DF)

Creighton/GA [DOWN FROM #9]

The Crew need to reinforce this spot, and while Polak is still raw, he can take time develop and offer cap relief with his GA status.

11

Austin Berry (DF)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

Schellas Hyndman takes the best athlete available among the central defender corps. As Zach Loyd showed, athleticism makes the transition to MLS that much easier.

Greg Jordan (MF)

Creighton [UNCHANGED]

If anyone can appreciate an unheralded college player that just gets it done, it's Hyndman. A Daniel Hernandez replacement needs to be found and Dallas don't have a second round pick.

Sam Garza (MF/FW)

UCSB/GA [DOWN FROM #10]

FC Dallas turn to the native Texan to provide a right winger, the hole vacated by the departure of Marvin Chávez.

12

     

Chris Estridge (DF)

Indiana [UP FROM #13]

This two-footed fullback will provide cover at both right back and left back. Richard Eckersley's return is no sure thing and Ashtone Morgan needs insurance on the left.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste (DF)

UConn/GA [UNCHANGED]

Center back is still their biggest need, so a GA product that has a lot of tools and potential seems like the obvious choice — they will be happy to see him drop to 12.

Nick DeLeon (MF)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

The glut of attacking midfielders in this year’s draft means DeLeon falls to Toronto, a good fit for the 4-3-3 system they employ.

13

Tommy Meyer (DF)

Indiana [DOWN FROM #12]

Playmaking center back who can add a different look to the tough tackling duo of Danny Califf and Carlos Valdés.

Austin Berry (DF)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

The Union were burned on set pieces in the playoffs and add defensive depth with a player referred to as an "animal in the air."

Calum Mallace (MF)

Marquette [UP FROM #17]

The tall midfielder is ready to contribute in MLS and can compete for minutes right away.

14

Gienir García (DF)

Cruz Azul [UNCHANGED]

A young left back who is experienced, savvy and whips in a nasty cross. Rapids have international slots to make this move early.

Kelyn Rowe (MF)

UCLA/GA [DOWN FROM #4]

Only one pick before his hometown team has a chance to take him, Oscar Pareja grabs the attacking mid of the future in Colorado.

Tony Cascio (MF/FW)

UConn [UNCHANGED]

Needing creativity in their midfield, Cascio provides an attacking option on either flank for the retooling Rapids.

15

Babayele Sodade (FW)

UAB [UNCHANGED]

The big body at forward that the Sounders lost when Nate Jaqua was not retained. Sodade is an intriguing package of size, speed and athleticism. 
 

Ethan Finlay (FW)

Creighton [UNCHANGED]

Finlay's versatility in the attacking end adds valuable depth to a team that will play a lot of games in 2012.

Dom Dwyer (FW)

S. Florida/GA [UNCHANGED]

Dwyer’s game is built on speed, and if he’s available at this spot, Seattle would grab him in a heartbeat, as he’ll be able to stretch the field.

16

Tyler Polak (DF)

Creighton/GA [UNCHANGED]

Serious, fiesty, no-nonsense left back who never gives up on a play and will soak up Peter Vermes' tutoring to learn the position.

Jason Banton (MF/FW)

Leicester City [UNCHANGED]

With plenty of International spots open and a solid base, Vermes can take a chance on the speedy 19-year old from England.

Tommy Meyer (DF)

Indiana [UNCHANGED]

Another big, physical center back, Meyer provides another option for Vermes on the Sporting back line.

17

Emiliano Bonfigli (FW)

Manta FC [NEW]

RSL add a young finisher to their forward corps. He'll provide an alternative to Fabián Espíndola and Álvaro Saborío and will be welcomed to MLS by the club's Argentine contingent.

Aldo Paniagua (MF)

G. Caballero [UNCHANGED]

While depth at right back is a key need, Paniagua offers coverage at several places in the midfield, could play right back and is much more experienced than the collegiate options.

Casey Townsend (FW)

Maryland [DOWN FROM #11]

RSL goes with the best player on the table, adding prolific forward Townsend to provide depth behind Saborío and Espíndola.

18

Hunter Jumper (DF)

Virginia [UNCHANGED]

A player with a great attitude gets to stay home in Texas, adding much-needed depth at left back for the Dynamo, where converted midfielder Corey Ashe mans the position.

Dom Dwyer (FW)

So. Florida/GA [UNCHANGED]

After picking up two GAs in the first round last year, Dominic Kinnear snags the last remaining one in '12, adding a talented goal-scorer to a depleted front line.

Enzo Martinez (MF)

UNC/GA [UNCHANGED]

A maestro on the ball, the Uruguayan attacker would be right at home at the top of the attacking diamond for Houston.

19

Aldo Paniagua (MF)

G. Caballero [UNCHANGED]

The experienced youngster from Paraguay takes the spot on the field held by Chris Birchall and fills the spot on the roster once held by Miguel López.

Luis Silva (MF)

UCSB [UNCHANGED]

One of the top rated prospects sees a Stefan Frei-like drop, but LA would be thrilled with it, opting to find defensive cover in international market.

Andy Rose (DF/MF)

UCLA [UP FROM #29]

With Juninho returning to Brazil, David Beckham’s status unclear, and Omar Gonzalez facing a long injury layoff, the addition of Rose would bring in a familiar face who could slot in the midfield or along the back line.

 

Second Round

Pick Team Simon Borg Jason Saghini Travis Clark
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Dom Dwyer (FW)

So. Fla/GA [UNCHANGED]

Jesse Marsch will like the Englishman's speed and feistiness up top, and he could make for an interesting partnership with Brian Ching.

Aaron Maund (DF)

Notre Dame [UNCHANGED]

The athletic defender adds another option to the evolving Montreal back line.

Kirk Urso (MF)

UNC [DOWN FROM #19]

The UNC captain has the physical tools to make a smooth transition to MLS, and he’ll be an asset during the Impact’s first year in the league.

21

Evan James (MF)

UNC Charlotte [UNCHANGED]

Canadian winger has exhibited excellent technique, vision and speed at the Combine and will make a happy return North of the Border.

Tyler Polak (DF)

Creighton/GA [UNCHANGED]

Vancouver take a Generation adidas prospect who can learn the intricacies of left back from the veteran Alain Rochat.

Miguel Ibarra (MF)

UC Irvine [UNCHANGED]

An exciting talent reminiscent of Andy Najar, Ibarra’s speed and skill would be fun to watch on the wing in Vancouver.

22

     

Enzo Martinez (MF)

UNC/GA [UNCHANGED]

International status and particular position on the field have him fall to the second round, where Jay Heaps can make use of him in a playmaking role.

Hunter Jumper (DF)

Virginia [UNCHANGED]

Heaps gets a second starter in two picks and solidifies a tough position to fill at left back.

Chris Estridge (DF)

Indiana [UNCHANGED]

A versatile player who can play at either outside back spot, Estridge could also see spot duty at either wide midfield spot.

23

Nick DeLeon (MF)

New Mexico [DOWN FROM #17]

Another wide midfielder for Chicago, which adds more insurance should Marco Pappa and Patrick Nyarko move on or suffer injuries.

Stefan Antonijevic (DF)

Valparaiso [UNCHANGED]

With a need for depth at center back, Frank Klopas takes a project with a lot of tools who could succeed Cory Gibbs.

Andrew Duran (DF)

Creighton [NEW]

A solid defender who can play in the middle and on the right, Duran injects more depth in the Fire’s back line.

24

Kohei Yamada (MF)

TheSpa Kusatsu [UNCHANGED]

Versatile midfielder brings speed, technique and a possession game that will fit Jason Kreis' system.

R.J. Allen (DF)

Monmouth [UNCHANGED]

Solid right back option won't get past RSL a second time.

Greg Jordan (MF)

Creighton [NEW]

Depth is always a target of RSL, and Jordan can provide that for Kyle Beckerman in the middle of the field.

25

Bryan Gaul (DF)

Bradley [UNCHANGED]

A team that is challenged for depth at center back can take a chance on a tall, left-footed player who has plenty of experience at left back in his career.

Babayele Sodade (FW)

UAB [UP FROM #36]

Quakes acquire a big body with a lot of athleticism to back up Steven Lenhart and add more options in attack.

R.J. Allen (DF)

Monmouth [DOWN FROM #24]

Allen, a solid attacking right back, offers more defensive options for San Jose, and someone they could even try on the left.

26

Matt Hedges (DF)

UNC [UNCHANGED]

Crew will be shocked to see Hedges still available at No. 26 and will snap him up as a future prospect on a back line full of veterans.

Gienir Garcia (DF)

Cruz Azul [UNCHANGED]

Another option alongside Shaun Francis helps replace Josh Gardner.

Luke Holmes (MF)

Akron [UP FROM #28]

The Crew coaching staff will have seen plenty of Holmes, and with the departures of Emmanuel Ekpo and Robbie Rogers a certainty, Holmes can help fill their void with his attacking qualities.

27

Andrew Duran (DF)

Creighton [UNCHANGED]

With Hedges off the board, Portland would do well to land Duran who showed he can play center back and right back at the combine.

Kirk Urso (DF)

UNC [UP FROM #35]

Timbers happy to see one of the top holding mid talents drop to them in the second round.

Kenney Walker (MF)

Louisville [DOWN FROM #20]

This technically gifted midfielder would add depth in the middle of the park behind Jack Jewsbury and Diego Chara.

28

Nick Blake (DF)

UConn [UNCHANGED]

The Jamaican native will add a different dimension to the right back position for Chicago. He can run all day and chase down any attacker.

Emiliano Bonfigli (FW)

Manta FC [NEW]

Frank Klopas needs to add some attacking options to his frontline and Bonfigli's style helps.

Hunter Jumper (DF)

Virginia [DOWN FROM #26]

Possessing a great left foot, Jumper is another versatile player who the Fire add to their defense.

29

Jason Banton (MF)

Leicester [NEW]

With the departure of Robbie Rogers, Jason Banton will project as a starter on the left wing for the Crew, giving Ben Speas a year to adjust to the league.

Colin Rolfe (FW)

Louisville [DOWN FROM #25]

Forward is an area where Columbus could use some reinforcements. Rolfe's slip benefits them.

Brian Ownby (MF/FW)

Virginia [NEW]

Possessing great speed, Ownby is a quick forward who if he stays fit, could be a real steal of the draft.

30

Brendan King (MF)

Notre Dame [UNCHANGED]

An attack-minded midfielder who can play anywhere across the center of the field. He's two-footed and can spot any of the regulars at Sporting.

Andy Rose (MF/DF)

UCLA [UNCHANGED]

He'll add depth and linking ability in the middle of the field and could play center back if needed.

Kohei Yamada (MF)

TheSpa Kusatsu [UNCHANGED]

Thinking outside the box is common in KC, and Peter Vermes does just this by grabbing this intriguing attacker, who could be an option as either an attacking midfielder or on a wing of the 4-3-3.

31

Ryan Meara (GK)

Fordham [UNCHANGED]

In need of filling out the goalkeeper depth chart, the Red Bulls take a local product who is known for his serious work ethic in addition to excellent size and skills.

Greg Klazura (DF)

Notre Dame [UNCHANGED]

A versatile left back option to spell Roy Miller and add some speed on the left side of the field.

Aaron Maund (DF)

Notre Dame [UNCHANGED]

Questions about his ability on the ball hound this former US youth international, but if he can make the adjustment he’d be an adequate backup as a rookie.

32

Aaron Maund (DF)

Notre Dame [UNCHANGED]

An experienced defender at the youth international level who has the athleticism to play in MLS if pressed into action. Can also play right back.

Brendan King (MF)

Notre Dame [UNCHANGED]

Klazura's teammate follows him east to add depth to the wings in Philadelphia.

Warren Creavalle (DF/MF)

Central Florida [UP FROM #36]

The versatile midfielder and defender adds depth to an already well-loaded team.

33

Tony Walls (MF)

UW-GB [DOWN FROM #29]

The club could use depth at defensive midfielder. A hard-nosed, no-nonsense player who can bring the right bite to close out a match.

Tony Walls (DF/MF)

UW-Green Bay [UNCHANGED]

Without glaring needs, Quakes take a shot with a defensive midfielder who has a lot of tools, but also some questions marks.

Colin Rolfe (FW)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

Rolfe slipping down the draft provides the opportunity for the Earthquakes to pick up the experienced forward late in the day.

34

Eder Arreola (MF)

UCLA [UNCHANGED]

Defense is not his strength, but Arreola has the vision, dribbling ability and fine left foot to make him a good option off the bench for the Sounders.

Miguel Ibarra (MF)

UC Irvine [NEW]

A player who combines with teammates will fit well in Seattle and help add depth.

Jacob Hustedt (MF)

Washington [UNCHANGED]

Despite Hustedt not getting a combine invite, he’s good enough for the pro ranks and is certainly well known to the Seattle technical staff.

35

Alec Purdie (MF)

Indiana [UNCHANGED]

Shapes up to be a great weapon off the bench on either wing. His quickness, speed and hard work allow him to make things happen. The Union will have to coach him to make better decisions.

Tommy Meyer (DF)

Indiana [DOWN FROM #27]

Peter Nowak continues to add bodies to a back line that had few last year.

Gienir García (DF)

Cruz Azul [DOWN FROM #32]

The intriguing left back from Cruz Azul gives Nowak another option to plug in at that spot.

36

Greg Klazura (DF/MF)

Notre Dame [UNCHANGED]

Jason Kreis acquires a two-footed fullback who is fast, attack-minded and a feisty defender.

Kohei Yamada (MF)

TheSpa Kusatsu [NEW]

RSL take a chance on the diminutive, but skilled passer who can spell Javier Morales at times.

Arthur Ivo (MF)

SMU [DOWN FROM #25]

The attacking midfielder has a cultured left foot and would add attacking bite to RSL from the bench.

37

Kevon George (MF)

Central Florida [UNCHANGED]

Dominic Kinnear adds cover at central midfield with a rangy, hard-tackling Trinidadian who evokes memories of Ricardo Clark.

Evan James (MF)

Charlotte [NEW]

Can replace Danny Cruz with a similar skill set that is a bit more refined. May lack the same motor and focus, though.

Ryan Meara (GK)

Fordham [UNCHANGED]

In a light draft class for goalkeepers, Dynamo can grab a solid one here in Meara to compete as a backup for Tally Hall.

38

Michael Green (MF)

New Mexico [DOWN FROM #33]

Technical and versatile midfielder can fill a number of holes for a team that will be challenged in midfield with the departure of Juninho and the Olympic team commitments of David Beckham.

Andrew Duran (DF)

Creighton [NEW]

Duran slips to the end of the second round and Arena takes him as insurance in the back.

Shawn Singh (DF)

UCLA [UNCHANGED]

Iron man Todd Dunivant has this spot locked down, but he can’t last forever and Singh is an attacking left back who played close by to the Galaxy for the last four years.