It took longer than many expected, but the New England Revolution cleared the Generation Adidas board by taking Tyler Polak with the No. 22 pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. The Creighton product could very well earn playing time and even starter's minutes early on.
Depending on who you ask, Polak was either a top-10 talent or a guy who was never worthy of a first-round selection. However, even those who fall into the latter category have to agree that Polak is likely to get a shot to play. MLS is a league that is not loaded with quality fullbacks. Any player with youth international experience who looked consistently solid at fullback at a major college program is likely to get a shot at playing time.
Polak was one of the players who did not have a good combine, but he joins the likes of Tim Ream and Michael Farfan in doing so. Evaluating a player based on a few exhibition games doesn't make a lot of sense, and we can only hope that teams evaluated Polak's entire body of work. He's played two very good years at Creighton and has also played for the Chicago Fire PDL side, so there's a good chance that teams know a lot more about him than his average combine performance.
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