11. FC Dallas: Matt Hedges, CB, North Carolina
Schellas Hyndman and company can't believe their luck when 6-foot-4, 185-pound monster center back Matt Hedges falls to them at No. 11. Paired with FCD Academy graduate Boyd Okwuono at center back, Hedges led the UNC Tar Heels to the national championship in his senior season and comes to an FC Dallas team thin at center back with the impending departure of George John.
Hedges, the highest rated senior center back in the draft, should step right into the FC Dallas squad and compete with recent Colombian signing Hernan Pertuz as the starting center back opposite Ugo Ihemelu. The man from Carmel, Ind. who spent his first three years at Butler University, compares very similar to John as a defender. Both are players who are very good in the air and a threat to score some headers on set pieces. He will need to improve his distribution out of the back, but could give FC Dallas a dominant center back pairing from Day 1.
This report was written by Daniel Robertson, the managing editor of FC Dallas blog Big D Soccer.