MLS Draft 2012: D.C United Select Nick DeLeon With No. 7 Pick

D.C. United selected Nick DeLeon with the No. 7 overall pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. The pick was a bit of a surprise as DeLeon had a pretty poor combine, but his play at Louisville apparently was enough to win over Ben Olsen and Co.

DeLeon missed much of the combine due to injury, but there's a nasty rumor floating around that he wasn't terribly interested in playing those combine games and that there's more to the story than him just being injured. He had an impressive senior season at Louisville, however, and there's little reason to believe he can't be a contributor to an MLS roster.

He notched six goals and six assists in 21 appearances for the Cardinals, playing primarily as a left winger. DeLeon can also play as an attacking player in the center of midfielder, and that versatility will make him valuable. He was excellent in his junior season as well, and team have to like a guy who performed at a very consistent level and stayed healthy over two seasons. DeLeon transferred to Louisville after starting his college career at UNLV.

For live updates of the draft, be sure to follow this StoryStream.

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