The Montreal Impact seem intent on bolstering their midfield defense in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. With the first pick of the second round, they took Marquette's Calum Mallace, which comes on the heels of selecting Andrew Wenger with the No. 1 overall pick.
There weren't a whole lot of players bigger than the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Mallace in the draft. As you'd expect from a player his size, he's a physical presence in the midfield. Some mock drafts had him going as high as No. 4 mainly because he's believed to be MLS ready right now.
In four years at Marquette, the Scotland native was reasonably productive. He scored nine goals and 12 assists during his two seasons and established himself as a legitimate professional talent. His skills were probably a little better than you'd expect from such a physical player, drawing comparisons to the Timbers' Jack Jewsbury.
His college coach called him an "endline-to-endline" player and his stock only seemed to rise at the combine where he was one of the standouts.
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