MLS Mock Draft: Whitecaps Take Goalkeeper Andre Blake with No. 3 Pick

Photo by Steve Slade, UConn athletics

Despite having an international goalkeeper on the roster, the upside potential of the UConn goalkeeper is just too high.

It appears that when the Vancouver Whitecaps entered Major League Soccer in 2011, they absorbed a moniker that was entirely associated with the hockey team in town, the Canucks; 'The Goalie Graveyard.' Yes, perhaps that's a little unfair for a team as young as this, but why not use their third overall pick to help shed that label as soon as possible? That's where Generation adidas-signee Andre Blake comes in.

A lanky Jamaican that's already being labelled as a future MLS superstar, Blake seemingly has all the tools to dominate wherever he goes. He has the size, the hands, the feet. His distribution is good, something that has been a recurring problem with 'Keepers in this organization. That being said, with David Ousted signed, there might not be room for Blake, especially given how young he is. That's the biggest knock against him; he needs some prep time before making the leap to MLS, something not unusual for rookies. He's also made it very clear his dream is to play in Europe, so you have to ask how committed he will be to MLS.

What Vancover will be looking for in the draft: The Whitecaps need immediate help at arguably both left and right back, and they need a top tier playmaking midfielder. That being said, If the club had their druthers, they'd probably want to fill those spots with proven names (after all, one of those spots used to belong to YP 'Freaking' Lee).

Who the experts say Vancouver will pick: Blake seems to be a popular choice, and that's not surprising. Remember, the club waved goodbye to Joe Cannon, Simon Thomas and Brad Knighton in the off-season. They're bare in the Goalkeeping cupboard, and Blake looks to be a can't miss pick.

Why I’m invariably wrong: The club still has David Ousted, who they gave up the dependable Alain Rochat for. He's only had half an MLS season to prove himself, and while he didn't look great, he still may prove his worth in this league. As mentioned before, there are more pressing needs on this team that need to be filled, and the club may look to the draft.

Why I’m smarter than the pundits: The Vancouver Whitecaps strategy in past SuperDrafts has been to pick the best athlete available with their top pick. Blake fits the bill.

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

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