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2014 MLS SuperDraft: Colorado Rapids Get Hairston, Van De Casteele, Watts, Berner

After a trade, the Rapids ended up with four picks in the first two rounds of the 2014 Draft and selected MF Marlon Hairston, D Grant Van de Casteele, Jared Watts and John Berner.

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The Daily Wave: Berner's Another Draft Hit

Year two of the Oscar Pareja era was notable for the Rapids devoting plenty of time to the SuperDraft for possibly the first time in team history. Though he's gone, the Rapids look like they're still going to get hits on their draft picks, with John Berner being the latest success.

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2014 MLS Draft: Rounds 3 & 4 To Come Today

After picking up an impressive four-player haul in the draft's first two rounds, Colorado can add a few more names to the roster on Tuesday.

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Rapids Win Draft Grades Again, Still Don't Matter

The Rapids began putting plenty of resources into the draft last year, and even with Oscar Pareja out of the picture that appears to still be true. For a second straight year, Colorado is getting lauded for what appeared to be a great draft day.

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Rapids Bolster Nearly Every Position

Four picks into the draft, the Rapids have bolstered nearly every position on the field.

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Hairston An Attack-Minded Midfielder

Colorado's first pick in the first round is a player in the mold of Pablo Mastroeni, with a more attack-minded presence.

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MLS Draft: Rapids Select John Berner At No. 35

With their second out of two picks nearly in succession (but only nearly) the Rapids selected GK
John Burner with pick No. 35.

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MLS Draft: Rapids Pick Jared Watts No. 33

Colorado decided to go for Jared Watts with their first of two picks in the second round.

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MLS Draft: Rapids Pick Van De Casteele At No. 19

Colorado got a second pick in the first round, and used it to pick up Grant Van De Casteele out of Notre Dame.

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MLS Draft: Rapids Pick Marlon Hairston No. 12

The Colorado Rapids bolstered their midfield by selecting Marlon Hairston with pick No. 12 after trading their original pick to New England.

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2014 MLS Draft Preview

Colorado has three picks in the top two rounds of the SuperDraft again, but only one is in the first round this time.

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Rapids Likely To Enter Draft Without Coach

In what's probably a smart move, the coaching search for the Rapids will reportedly start after the MLS SuperDraft.

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2014 MLS Draft Profile: Steve Neumann

The 2014 MLS Draft is coming up on January 16th, and there are a ton of different options that the Rapids could potentially go for with the 11th overall pick in the first round and their two picks in the second round. In the days leading up to Draft day, we'll profile a few of them

It's rare that a player as talented as Steve Neumann is being talked about as a potential mid-first round prospect in the MLS Draft. Most years, the most outright talented players are scooped up the second that the gates open. For all intents and purposes, Steve Neumann appears to be one of the most talented guys on the board, and his college production was fantastic. He scored 41 goals and 34 assists during his four years with the Hoyas, a great consistency that a lot of players (See: Diouf, Mamadou Doudou) fail to maintain.

Here's the problem with him: nobody knows quite where he's going to play. He's got the playmaking ability of an attacking midfielder and the finishing ability of a forward, and both were consistent during his college game. However, nobody's quite sure if either will shine through at the next level. Though he was consistently good in college, he was never otherworldy.

The other knock on him is his athleticism. In a league where there's lots of speed/strength and technical players sometimes get tossed aside, he might not have the stuff to get through even with his great ability. Some team is going to make that gamble, and that team could well be the Rapids. After all, as the MLS Mock Draft yesterday said, they've got plenty of athleticism up top for him to throw the ball towards.

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MLS Mock Draft - New Possibilites For Colorado

Three new names came up for Colorado when MLS did their latest mock.

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2014 MLS Draft Profile - Jared Watts

The 2014 MLS Draft is coming up on January 16th, and there are a ton of different options that the Rapids could potentially go for with the 11th overall pick in the first round and their two picks in the second round. In the days leading up to Draft day, we'll profile a few of them.

This seems to be the most popular choice for the Rapids when it comes to the mock drafting crew. With Hendry Thomas' future in doubt and little depth otherwise in the defensive midfield, Watts seems to make sense for the Rapids with pick No. 11.

Watts is hard tackling, a big guy for a midfielder and a decent enough passer of the ball to fit in a midfield that also contains guys like Nathan Sturgis and, eventually, Shane O'Neill. He made the ACC All-First Team in 2011 and 2012, and got slightly better at putting points on the board as his college career progressed, going from no points in his freshman year to two goals and four assists a piece in his Junior and Senior years.

I've never been completely sold on Watts being a perfect match for the Rapids because Shane O'Neill is reportedly planning on moving to the Rapids midfield next year. There's also no guarantee that the Rapids will be using two defensive midfielders again next year with Oscar Pareja on the way out. Then again, I thought the same things about Deshorn Brown last year, and the Rapids went with him anyway. That pick seemed to have worked out.

One more fun point: his club team was North Meck Soccer Club, which recently turned into the Carolina Rapids. So it might be meant to be!

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MLS Mock Draft: Rapids pick Bolden at No. 35

No, the Summit League is not very good, but the Denver midfielder was the best it had to offer.

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MLS Mock Draft: Rapids pick Diaz at No. 33

The St. Johns man may just be the second best goalkeeper in the draft and the Rapids could use one.

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MLS Mock Draft: Rapids pick Tshuma at No. 11

Might one of the top attacking players still be available this late? If he is, the Rapids won't be able to pass.

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2014 MLS Draft Profiles: Mamadou Doudou Diouf

The 2014 MLS Draft is coming up on January 16th, and there are a ton of different options that the Rapids could potentially go for with the 11th overall pick in the first round and their two picks in the second round. In the days leading up to Draft day, we'll profile a few of them.

I can hear it now. "REEEEACH!". Yeah, I'm profiling Mamadou Doudou Diouf, the man with the best name in the entire draft, as a potential pick for the Rapids at No. 11. Haters gonna hate, same thing happened with CJ Sapong and look at him now!

Diouf was one of my favorite players in college last season, and I actually expected him to eschew his senior season and go straight to the draft after scoring 15 goals his junior year and 13 his sophomore year. Unfortunately, his decision to go back to school might have hurt him a bit, as he only got two goals and five assists in his final year. Diouf is the type of forward that the Rapids need. That is, a great finisher. He can score with both his feet and his head and looked very comfortable in front of goal during his two great seasons. Even this year, when his production dipped, he still made All-Conference Second Team.

And if the Rapids don't bite on him at No. 11, he might well fall to them in the second round if teams actually were scared off by his senior year production. So there.

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2014 MLS Draft Profiles: Eric Miller

The 2014 MLS Draft is coming up on January 16th, and there are a ton of different options that the Rapids could potentially go for with the 11th overall pick in the first round and their two picks in the second round. In the days leading up to Draft day, we'll profile a few of them.

SB Nation, as we do every year, did a little mock draft with all of its MLS editors. The number one name on my mini-draft board going into the mock was Eric Miller out of Creighton.

There are a few reasons why Miller would make sense from a Colorado standpoint. He's Generation Adidas (you'll notice that this is a theme with my favorite potential picks at this spot) which means that he won't count against the salary cap, vital for a team that is currently being crunched up against the side of the cap like the Rapids are. Right back is probably the most pressing need on the team right now, and Miller projects to be a good one in the future.

He's got plenty of star power behind him. He won several accolades with Creighton and played in the U-20 World Cup as a right back, the position he's been playing all through college. As a former attacking midfielder, he knows how to bring some attacking presence to the right side of the pitch, something that the team was missing with Marvell Wynne as the fullback there last season.

Miller isn't supposed to fall to the Rapids at No. 11. Most people seem to have him locked in with the Whitecaps at pick No. 7, or even earlier than that. Remember that this is the SuperDraft, though. Walker Zimmerman and Eriq Zavaleta were supposed to be Top 5 picks last year, and dropped to the middle of the round instead. Remember Anthony Ampaipitakwong in 2011? We were talking about how wanting to draft him with pick No. 18 was a pipe dream, and he ended up falling several rounds.

If I'm the Rapids and I'm crafting a big board, Miller is at the top of the list.

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What's Colorado's Biggest Position Of Need?

The Rapids may be waiting until the SuperDraft to make any moves. Going into it, what's our biggest position of need?

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Ives' Mock Draft Has Cope To Rapids

Kevin Cope, a centerback out of Michigan State, is the latest mock draft pick for the Rapids.

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2014 Mock Draft: Jared Watts Again!

It's Jared Watts again, and it still makes a heap of sense for the Rapids with pick No. 11.

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MLS Mock Draft Season Started Early This Year

Jared Watts is the Rapids' target in the wonderfully early Mock Draft on the MLSsoccer.com mothership.

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