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Evan Washburn Weighs In - Part 4

March 17, 2016
The 2013 Collegiate Draft is tomorrow and Evan gives us his insight on the final two teams plus look below for is thoughts on how the first round should go and how it will go.

Don't forget to tune in to MLL's YouTube Channel to watch Evan as he joins Quint Kessenich in bringing you the draft live from the Philadelphia Marriott Center on Friday, January 11 at 8:30 p.m.

And check back tomorrow night after the draft for the full results

Chesapeake Bayhawks  - 2012 record: 10-4          1st round selection: No. 4             Total selections: seven

Evan says: “This is a roster that not only is full of talent but also plenty of veterans who you’re not sure how long they will continue to play. This draft is important for them not only to add depth for the future, but they also need to add players that can back up the veterans who may get banged up and need a week off here and there. I think they have started doing it already, ever since Dave Cottle stepped in they have done a nice job of bringing in some young local talent. They’ve always been smart about the draft, they’ve brought in guys that they know will be able to make all the practices and whenever you talk to [Cottle] he always mentions guys who are not on the gameday roster that he is really excited about. I think that attack midfield depth is how they should use most of their picks. Defensive midfield they are pretty set but I think that if they can add some depth to that offensive midfield group they could benefit from it. I think they should also use one of their high picks for a close defenseman, possibly someone local, who can compete with Nicky Polanco and Brian Spallina for a starting spot. I think they’re going to approach this draft like they do most of them; they’re going to add talented local guys who can provide depth and duty. If this roster stays healthy and doesn’t retire players it is poised to win another championship.”

Denver Outlaws – 2012 record: 11-3                        1st round selection: No. 7             Total selections: seven

Evan says: “Denver had an impressive season last year but some questions remain about how they approach this season. They made some offseason trades that have left their roster quite thin. Priority-wise I think they should concentrate on defensemen and maybe add some depth at goalie and attack. The reason I start with defense is because other than Lee Zink, who can still play at a very high level, I don’t see a very strong group. [Steve]Holmes is a very talented defenseman but he is getting a little older and can be subject to injuries.  Priority number two should be adding depth to the attack, they have some talented attackmen but I think they could use this draft to add to an attack that surprised many last season. Lastly I feel they should use one of their later picks to pick up a goalie because they don’t really have a backup behind Jessie Schwartzman.”

Below you can find Evan's thoughts on how the first round will go. As a disclaimer Evan did not have any discussions about the draft with coaches or General Managers prior to providing this list.

RD 1 - WHAT TEAMS SHOULD DO                                            RD 1 - WHAT TEAMS WILL DO

1. OHIO - PETER BAUM                                                              1. OHIO - PETER BAUM
2. HAMILTON - MARCUS HOLMAN                                           2. HAMILTON - LOGAN SCHUSS
3. CHARLOTTE - CHRIS LAPIERRE                                        3. CHARLOTTE - MIKE SAWYER
4. CHESAPEAKE - LOGAN SCHUSS                                       4. CHESAPEAKE - MARCUS HOLMAN
5. NEW YORK - TUCKER DURKIN                                           5. NEW YORK - TUCKER DURKIN
6. BOSTON - WILL MANNEY                                                      6. BOSTON - WILL MANNEY
7. DENVER - JESSE BERNHARDT                                          7. DENVER - CHRIS LAPIERRE
8. CHARLOTTE - MIKE SAWYER                                              8. CHARLOTTE - JOSH HAWKINS