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MLS Mock Draft: FC Dallas take Cal's Christian Dean with No. 5 pick

With a Generation adidas contract, Dean is a low risk pick at number five.

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With the fifth pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, FC Dallas selects a member of the Generation adidas class, defender from the University of California, Christian Dean.

Dean is an up and coming prospect from Cal. At 6-foot-3, Dean is a player that has the physical tools to compete in Major League Soccer. He adds another dimension on set pieces and has the quality in him to continue to improve over time.

The junior started every match in three seasons with California. In 2013, he started all 21 matches, scored one goal and added in four assists.

After a stellar season in 2013, Dean quickly climbed many scouts radars and has been a player that MLS coaches and technical directors have been drooling over. He helped guide Cal to six shutouts this season before crashing out in the third round of the NCAA tournament to eventual runner-up Maryland.

What FC Dallas will be looking for in the SuperDraft: Both Dan Hunt and Fernando Clavijo have been vocal about what they have been searching for this winter. Both stated in media conference calls that they want to continue to build out of the defense through the draft like they have the last few years.

Who the experts say FC Dallas will draft: Most experts believe Dallas will go offensive in this draft, for good reason too. Some have projected Patrick Mullins (Maryland), Schillo Tshuma (Maryland) or Marlin Hairston (Louisville).

Why I'm totally wrong with this selection: Having FCD pick another defender for the sixth straight season seems a bit far fetched, even if it has worked for FCD. Should someone like Mullins fall to number five, it will be very hard for Clavijo and company to pass on him.

Why I'm smarter than the pundits: Defense still wins in this league. Even though FCD has a slew of young defenders already on the roster, adding one with the potential that Dean has is just smart business. The GA tag will mean he will not count against the salary cap and it could actually open some doors to move other defenders like Kellyn Acosta or Walker Zimmerman into a defensive midfield role. Or you know, its good trade bait.

Full Mock Draft results (click on player names to see the profiles)

First Round

Team Blog Pick
1. D.C. United Black and Red United Patrick Mullins
2. Philadelphia Union Brotherly Game Steve Neumann
3. Vancouver Whitecaps 86 Forever Andre Blake
4. Columbus Crew Massive Report Steve Birnbaum
5. FC Dallas Big D Soccer Christian Dean
6. Union Brotherly Game Marlon Hairston
7. Whitecaps 86 Forever Damion Lowe
8. Chicago Fire Hot Time In Old Town Grant Van De Casteele
9. San Jose Earthquakes Quake, Rattle and Goal Eric Miller
10. Montreal Impact Mount Royal Soccer A.J Corrado
11. Colorado Rapids Burgundy Wave Schillo Tshuma
12. New England Revolution The Bent Musket JJ Koval
13. Seattle Sounders Sounder at Heart Aodhan Quinn
14. LA Galaxy LAG Confidential Fifi Baiden
15. Toronto FC Waking the Red AJ Cochran
16. Houston Dynamo Dynamo Theory Mamadou Diouf
17. Portland Timbers Stumptown Footy Reinaldo Brenes
18. Real Salt Lake RSL Soapbox Ben Sweat
19. Revolution The Bent Musket Marco Franco

Second Round

Team Blog Pick
20. Chivas USA The Goat Parade Enrique Cardenas
21. Sounders Sounder at Heart Taylor Peay
22. New York Red Bulls Once a Metro Pete Caringi
23. Crew Massive Report Pedro Ribeiro
24. Toronto FC Waking the Red Joey Dillon
25. Union Brotherly Game Jared Watts
26. Timbers Stumptown Footy Kevin Cope
27. Union Brotherly Game Kyle Venter
28. Earthquakes Quake, Rattle and Goal Mackenzie Pridham
29. Impact Mout Royal Soccer Jimmy Ockford
30. Whitecaps 86 Forever Nikita Kotlov
31. Revolution The Bent Musket Victor Chavez
32. Dynamo Dynamo Theory Kristopher Tyrpak
33. Rapids Burgundy Wave Rafael Diaz
34. Red bulls Once a Metro Alex Martinez
35. Rapids Burgundy Wave Zach Bolden
36. Timbers Stumptown Footy Mark Sherrod
37. Impact Mout Royal Soccer Michael Calderon
38. Sporting Kansas City The Daily Wiz

Romena Bowie